Syrian airstrikes have killed up to 22 people, mostly schoolchildren, when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in a village in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, according to rescue workers and a monitoring group.
First responders team, the Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib said 22 people were killed and at least 50 injured in the raids on the Hass village. Most of those killed were children.
An activist-group, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had also gave the same death toll and said 14 children and a woman were among those killed.
It has been reported that the strikes hit as children were gathered outside the school complex. It said that the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition, activist-operated Idlib News network said.
Idlib is said to be the main Syrian opposition stronghold, though radical groups also have a large presence there. It has been regularly hit by Syrian and Russian warplanes as well as the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State militants.