An overnight Russian airstrike on a center for the displaced in northern Idleb province has killed 16 people, including women and children, a rescue agency said Thursday.
The White Helmets said 16 civilians were killed and 18 others injured in the attack on the town of Maarat Misrin.
The deadly strike on displaced Syrian came hours before a summit between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Idleb, after a surge in tensions between their countries over fighting in the province between Russian-backed regime forces and opposition fighters allied to Turkey.
Turkey has sent thousands of troops into the area to support Syrian fighters holed up there, but hasn’t been able to stop the Russian-backed Syrian regime offensive to retake the province.
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