Members of the Syrian Civil Defence search for bodies or survivors in a collapsed building in the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province on Sunday. Abdullah Hammam/ AFP
Sixteen civilians were among 19 people killed on Monday in a Russian air strike on a market in northwest Syria, a monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion.
At least 45 other people were wounded in the air raid that hit “a wholesale vegetable market in the town of Maaret al-Numan” in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The death toll could still rise as many of those wounded are in a critical condition and some people are still trapped under rubble, the Britain-based monitor said.
Observatory head Rami Abdelrahman said 16 of those killed were civilians while three other bodies remain to be identified.
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The latest strike comes one day after air raids by Damascus and its Russian ally on Syria's extremist-run Idlib region killed 18 people, including a young citizen journalist.
Anas al-Dyab, a photographer and videographer in his early 20s, was a member of the White Helmets rescue group who also contributed to AFP.
He was killed in Russian air strikes in his hometown of Khan Sheikhun on Sunday, rescuers and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Damascus regime and its Russian ally have stepped up their deadly bombardment of Idlib since late April, despite a September buffer zone deal to protect the region of some three million people from a massive military assault.
The spike in violence has killed more than 650 civilians, caused tens of thousands to flee their homes, and damaged or knocked out of service two dozen health facilities.
Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in January took full administrative control of the region, although other extremists and rebels are also present.
Syria's war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.
Regime and Russian fire has killed at least six civilians in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province, a war monitor said on Saturday, two weeks after Moscow declared a ceasefire in the extremist-dominated region.
The town of Al-Zakat and the Al-Arba'een village in Hama province came under regime control on Wednesday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Artillery fire battered Maarat Al Numan town and nearby villages in the south Idlib countryside over the past two days, after warplanes struck there on Thursday.
Turkish and Russian officials are reviewing deployment of their forces in the Syrian border region of Tel Rifaat, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday, a day after cross-border fire from the area killed one Turkish soldier.
The accident took place on Sunday evening between the towns of Sesto Calende and Arona, the BBC reported citing Italian news outlets. Italy's fire service said 19 people were safe but a search continued for the two missing persons.
The narcotics were found concealed in various ways, including inside refrigerated containers, showcasing the smugglers' increasing inventiveness in their attempts to introduce these contrabands into the country.
After stabbing her, Sahil proceeds to kick the victim multiple times and then strikes her with a boulder five times.
Kyiv had been mostly spared since the beginning of the year, but this month its residents have been forced to grapple with almost nightly air raid sirens and explosions. The attack on the city overnight Saturday was the largest since the invasion in February last year, Ukraine said.