Syria war: Explosion reportedly kills at least 23 in rebel-held Idlib

Syrian girl who was injured in the bombardment cries as she receives treatment at a Make-shift hospital in the besieged city of Idlib. Photo: AFP/GETTY

At least 23 people are reportedly dead and many more injured after a large explosion in the rebel-held city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights BBC World Service the blast struck the headquarters of a minor rebel faction. Seven of the dead are believed to be civilians.

It is unclear what caused the blast in the city’s Thalatheen district. Some reports suggest it was a car bomb, while others say it was a drone attack. The Observatory, which monitors Syria’s civil war through a network of sources, said rescue teams were working to recover the dead and wounded from the damaged building and nearby houses. According to the BBC world service, several people remain unaccounted for.

The Syrian army lost it to insurgents in 2015, when it became the only province under full opposition control. The Syrian army and its allies have vowed to take back Idlib and the neighbouring Hama province.

Idlib has seen severe clashes in recent weeks, as the army pushed to grab an essential road between Damascus and Syria’s second city, Aleppo.


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