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30 Jan 2020 | 03:48 AM UTC

Syria: Ten civilians killed in Idlib amid Russian airstrikes January 29, 30

At least ten civilians killed in Idlib overnight on January 29, 30; similar attacks likely over near term

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Event

At least ten civilians were killed in Ariha (Idlib province) overnight between Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30, due to an airstrike carried out by Russian forces. The strikes come as Syrian and pro-regime forces carry out an offensive to take back control of the last remaining rebel-held territory in the country.

Operations by rebel and pro-government forces are expected to continue in Idlib province over the near term.

Context

An estimated 21 people have been killed between January 29 and January 30 in the ongoing offensive.

To date, the Syrian conflict involves many parties, including the Syrian government, the Russian government, the Iranian government, the Turkish government, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups on the ground (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.

Advice

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.