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Bombing in Syria leaves civilians, including children, buried under rubble

Bombing in Syria leaves civilians, including children, buried under rubble

In a statement, the army said Israeli jets fired missiles on the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus. According to the Syrian army, its air defense systems intercepted several missiles and struck one Israeli aircraft.

"They are particularly vulnerable as they were displaced before, and they are fleeing into areas that are extremely packed - full to capacity - and struggling to cope particularly now with the weather", one of the officials said.

We review the key developments in Syria, including the Syrian army claiming Israel fired on Syrian territory, pro-government forces capturing a string of villages from insurgents in Idlib, and Russian Federation saying its bases came under a drone attack over the weekend. "We will cut off Israel's arms of terror and restore security and stability on all Syrian lands".

The Israeli air strikes are not necessarily a precursor to a wider military conflict, but they do show that Israel believes it can no longer stay on the margins of the Syrian war.

Syria's army broke the siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, state-run al-Ikhbariya TV and a war monitor reported on Sunday.

A man cleans debris in the aftermath of an explosion at a base for Asian jihadists in a rebel-held area of the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib
Explosion reportedly kills at least 23 people

Idlib province is a stronghold of rebels in Syria and is situated on the border with Turkey.

The Syrian army statement described the attack as "flagrant Israeli aggression" and renewed its warnings on the repercussions of such attacks, holding Israel "fully responsibility for its consequences".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 18 people were killed in Tuesday's attack, which was near Damascus, and at least 132 killed since December 29.

More than 90 civilians were killed and over 200 others injured in attacks in de-escalation zones in Idlib in the past three weeks.

The airstrikes are part of President Bashar al-Assad government's attempt to regain control over the last bastions of the rebel-held region. It said that out of the 13 drones involved, seven were shot down and six were forced to land.





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