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Air strikes kill 28 civilians in Syria safe zone: monitor

BEIRUT: At least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against militants, a monitor said on Saturday. Four children were among the dead in the overnight strikes on the town of Amanaz, in Idlib province near the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based watchdog had earlier reported 12 dead in the strikes on the town in Harem district around 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of the…

Turkey, Iran and Russia to deploy observers around Syria’s Idlib

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria’s Idlib region, which is largely controlled by militants, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday. The move is part of a broader plan under which Moscow, Tehran and Ankara will set up four such zones in different parts of Syria, an idea described by critics as de facto partitioning of the war-torn nation. “Observers from these three countries will be deployed at check and observation…