Air strikes by Damascus or its ally Moscow killed 12 civilians in a market in Syria’s Idlib province, a monitor said Wednesday, as fierce fighting raged for the militant-held northwestern region.
Another 18 people were wounded when the warplanes hit the militant-held town of Maarat al-Numan around midnight on Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The strikes came as heavy clashes raged in the north of neighbouring Hama province after the militants launched a counterattack on Tuesday against pro-government forces in the town of Kafr Nabuda.
Fresh fighting on Wednesday took the death toll to 52 — 29 troops and militia and 23 terrorists, the Observatory said.
It said that the terrorists had retaken most of the town from government forces who recaptured it on May 8.