13 people are killed by Russian airstrikes in Syria.

At least nine civilians, including two children, were killed as a result of the bombing on a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Jisr al-Shugur, in the Idlib region.

On Sunday, suspected Russian airstrikes in the northwest Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur resulted in at least 13 fatalities. At least nine civilians, including two children, were killed as a result of the bombing on a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Jisr al-Shugur, in the Idlib region.

According to Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, these Russian strikes are the bloodiest to have hit Syria this year and are akin to a slaughter. Four civilians, including two children, were killed as a result of Russian forces backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime responding to rebel drone strikes over the last week, according to the Observatory.

Worker Saad Fato, 35, told AFP that he assisted the crews in rescuing injured persons. He claimed that the incident occurred while he was unloading veggies and that the Russian rounds “rained down on us.” According to a statement made by the Syrian Defence Ministry, in response to recent strikes that resulted in the deaths of civilians in the provinces of Hama and Latakia, the armed forces ‘cooperated’ and worked alongside the Russian air force.

According to the official news agency of Syria, SANA, numerous people were killed during an operation to destroy “terrorist positions” in the province of Idlib. Arms caches and drones were also destroyed during the operation.

According to Abdel Rahman, at least 30 civilians were hurt in the airstrikes, and more people were likely to die. Over 500,000 people have died and more than half of the population of the country before the war have been driven from their homes as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The Assad regime, with the help of Russia and Iran, has been able to reclaim a sizeable portion of the land that was initially lost during the early phases of the conflict, which started in 2011 after the violent repression of pro-democracy protesters.

Russia has regularly targeted the last bastion of armed opposition to the Syrian regime in the northwest in the past. Prior to the recent string of Russian strikes, however, the number of fatal attacks on civilians had been quite modest.

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