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Syria regime bombardment kills 10 during Eid: monitor

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Air strikes and shelling by regime forces killed 10 civilians in Syrias northwest on Wednesday, as residents marked the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a war monitor said.

Two children were among six people killed in regime strikes on the town of Kafr Aweid in the extremist-held province of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The victims relatives gathered at the towns graveyard on Wednesday afternoon as an excavator dug a large pit in the ground.

The scattered remains of one of the children were placed in a cardboard box before being buried, an AFP photographer said.

The corpse of another was covered in an embroidered blue sheath.

Another civilian died in regime shelling on the northern Hama countryside, also held by insurgents, said the Britain-based monitor.

Regime air strikes also hit a motorcycle in the Idlib town of Maaret al-Numan, killing a woman and her two children, said the Observatory.

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Wednesdays attacks come amid an escalation in violence in parts of the countrys northwest held by Syrias former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

A September deal was supposed to avert a full-out regime offensive on Idlib province and adjacent areas, home to around three million people, nearly half of whom have been displaced from other parts of Syria.

But the regime and its ally Russia have since late April ramped up deadly air strikes and rocket fire on the region, and fighters have clashed on its edges.

The bombardment of Idlib province and neighboring areas has killed more than 300 people since late April, according to the Observatory.

It also displaced nearly 270,000 people in May Read More – Source

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