30 killed as Russian jets bomb besieged town

30 killed as Russian jets bomb besieged town

Some 400,000 people in the area have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces since 2013.

Five children and two women were among those killed in the attacks on the town of Khan Subul in central Idlib, AFP said.

Russian Federation has rejected claims their jets are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since the country began its intervention in the Syria civil war, saying that they are are only targeting hardline Islamists.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

It also denied a report by the Kommersant business daily that seven military planes were destroyed in the attack.

The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba, reported BBC.

"During night time on December 31, 2017 the airfield Hemeimeem was subjected to a sudden mortar shelling of a mobile group of militants".

Two Russian soldiers stationed at the Syrian base in Hmeymim were killed following an attack on December 31, the Russian Defence Ministry said, cited by TASS news agency.

The ministry cited a technical fault as the cause of the crash and said the helicopter did not come under fire.

About 30 civilians have been reported killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria's capital, Damascus.

Last month, Russian Federation began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous although President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "significant" withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring their work largely done.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Assad's beleaguered forces.

Forces loyal to Assad and those opposed to his rule continue to battle each other, as well as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

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