Reports: Airstrikes hit market in Syria’s north, kill 9

BEIRUT (AP) — Paramedics and a war monitor say at least nine civilians have been killed in Syrian government airstrikes on a residential area in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The opposition-allied first responders, also known as the White Helmets, say another 15 people were wounded in the strikes on a market in the village of Maarshourin.

Opposition activists as well as the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights are also reporting Tuesday’s deadly attacks. The Observatory, which monitors Syria’s civil war through a network of activists on the ground, says 10 civilians were killed, including three children.

Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria’s eight-year civil war. Government troops backed by Russia have been unsuccessfully trying to advance on the edges of the area in recent months.

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