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Tragic! Russian air strikes backed by Turkey rebels claim 78 lives, 100 wounded in Syria

Those killed belonged to Faylaq al-Sham, one of the most powerful Turkish-backed factions

At least 78 people were killed and nearly 100 others wounded following Russian air strikes on Turkey-backed rebels in north-western Syria.

The Britain-based war monitor confirmed the news on Monday October 26, 2020.

Reports revealed that the Russian warplanes targeted a training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province.

According to AFP, the National Liberation Front spokesperson Sayf Raad said the Russian aircraft and regime forces have been continuously targeting military positions, villages and towns violating the Turkish-Russian deal for the last few months.

In March, a fragile ceasefire agreement between the Syrian regime ally and Turkey resulted into a deadly months-long Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country’s last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

The truce that displaced almost a million people from their homes has been observed aside from intermittent air strikes including a US drone strike on Thursday that killed 17 jihadists.

According to Youssef Hammoud, spokesperson for the groups, leaders of the groups were among those killed in airstrike in Jabal Al-Dweila and rescue missions were still underway.

Endless rounds of UN-backed peace talks have failed to stem the bloodshed and in recent years have been largely overtaken by a parallel negotiations track led by Russia and Turkey.

Last week, Turkey withdrew from one of its largest outposts in northwestern Syria which had been encircled for the past year by Syrian regime forces.

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