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18 Dec 2019

Syria: Twenty people killed in Idlib province as Assad intensifies air strikes

A warning there are distressing pictures in this report.

The family of a White Helmets worker, the voluntary group that helps rescue people in the aftermath of bombings, are among at least 20 people killed in northwest Syria.

After eight years of conflict the government of Bashar al-Assad has taken back control huge swathes of the country.

And despite Kurdish and Turkish forces each controlling their own areas in the North, Rebel held territory is now contained to the North western province of Idlib.

A ceasefire negotiated by Russia and Turkey, halted a government assault on the province back in August – but bombardments still occur almost daily in Idlib, with the latest wave of strikes concentrated around the town of Maarat al-Numaan.