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At least 22 people were killed, mostly children, when warplanes struck a residential area in northern rebel-held province of Idlib, according to activists. The Syrian Civil Defense said at least 22 were killed and several others wounded in the strikes on the village of Hass. Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave out the same death toll and said 14 children and a woman were among those killed. Idlib has been regularly hit by Russian and Syrian warplanes along with US-led coalition targetting the Islamic State.
Activists posted images of the incident on Facebook showing a huge plume of smoke rising from the area of the strikes even as rescuers rushed casualties away along a road lined with destroyed buildings.
In the meantime, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey is determined to push ahead with the offensive in northern Syria and capture al-Bab from the Islamic State. In a statement to the media, he said, “Such attacks will not stop us from combatting Daesh,” Cavusoglu said, using an Arabic language acronym for the Islamic State group. “The Euphrates Shield operation will continue. The only goal of the Euphrates Shield operation is to clear Daesh from this area.”
(With inputs from AP)