Russian warplanes bombed a number of rebel-held areas in Idleb province in northern Syria with white phosphorus bombs, according to local civil defense sources.
According to reports from the same sources, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, the Russian warplanes bombed the towns of Maarat al-Nouman, Binnish and Saraqeb with internationally banned white phosphorus bombs.
The sources told the Turkish Anadolu agency that the bombs wounded a large number of residents (they did not specify the exact number) with various injuries, and said that fires erupted in the areas where the bombs fell, without giving further details.
Idleb’s local opposition council said that several air raids hit the city during the evening and were distributed throughout the area of Al-Mahlej, east of the city, and there was a raid on Aman al-Dowla. It also announced that two cluster bomb and phosphorus strikes continued to explode for a number of minutes in the Al-Thafi Center area and the Al-Mutlaq Hospital.
The council noted the lack of civilian deaths during the raids.
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