Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Idlib kill schoolchildren

Syrian civil defence volunteers search for victims amid the rubble of destroyed buildings on October 24, 2016, following overnight air strikes in the rebel-held town of Kafar Takharim, in Idlib province of northwest Syria. / AFP / Omar haj kadour        (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian civil defence volunteers search for victims amid the rubble of destroyed buildings on October 24, 2016, following overnight air strikes in the rebel-held town of Kafar Takharim, in Idlib province of northwest Syria. / AFP / Omar haj kadour

More than 20 people, many of them children, have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in north-western Syria, activists say.

A school complex was reportedly among several locations targeted in the village of Haas, in Idlib province.

It was not immediately clear if the raids were carried out by Syrian government or Russian warplanes.

State media quoted a military source as saying several “terrorists” had been killed when their positions were hit.

The incident comes as the government and its ally Russia said they would continue a moratorium on the aerial bombardment of besieged, rebel-held eastern districts of the city of Aleppo.

The attack on Haas, about 75km (46 miles) south-west of Aleppo, appears to have been intense, reports the BBC’s James Longman in Beirut.

The Syria Civil Defence, whose rescue workers are known as the White Helmets, said a complex containing three schools was targeted.

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