Suspected Russian Airstrike Hits Syria’s Idlib Market, Killing 15

Warplanes Were Not Able to Be Identified

Residents of the city of Ariha, in Syria’s Idlib Province, report warplanes attacked a crowded marketplace on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 20 others. Opposition figures claimed they were Russian strikes.

Residents, however, said they were completely unable to identify the attacking warplanes because they were flying far too high to see markings. This was suggested by some opposition groups as proof it was Russians, as Syria’s planes generally fly much lower.

Russia and Syria are the two nations that conduct most of the airstrikes in Idlib, though the US-led coalition has done so at times. Recently, Syrian forces have been carrying out an offensive in the province, which makes it less likely the US would strike a random market there.

Attacks on markets have been a recurring problem throughout the Syria War for all nations carrying out airstrikes, as seemingly the impulse to hit a high value target is too much for any of them to resist, despite such strikes almost never hitting anything but civilians.

Author: Jason Ditz

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