BEIRUT -- Air strikes and rocket fire by Syria's regime and its ally Russia on Monday (June 10) killed 25 civilians, including seven children, a monitor said, in what is the latest evidence that Moscow is not targeting terrorists as it claims.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 13 of those slain were killed in regime air raids on the village of Jabala in Idlib Province.
The Idlib region, dominated by an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, is supposed to be protected by a months-old buffer zone deal.
That region includes most of Idlib Province as well as adjacent parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo governorates.
But it has come under deadly regime bombardment in recent weeks, sparking fears for its roughly three million residents.
The spike in violence has killed more than 360 civilians since the end of April, says the Britain-based Observatory. The mounting civilian casualties comes as Moscow perpetuates its massacre under claims it is only targeting "terrorists."
The violence has also forced more than 270,000 people to flee their homes and hit 24 health facilities, the United Nations says.
Analysts predict the regime will continue to chip away at the region, but say it is unlikely to unleash a major assault.