Russian Airstrikes Kills Seven in North Syria’s Idlib

White Helmets claim all slain were civilians

Details are emerging on a new Russian airstrike against rebel-held Idlib in northern Syria. Seven were reported killed, with the White Helmets claiming all were civilians.

All White Helmet claims are taken with a pinch of salt, as they tend to offer statements that designed to carry a very specific pro-war narrative .

In this case, not only did they attack a rebel-held neighborhood, the statement claims Russia attacked an olive farm and that children were among the slain.

The area attacked is one of the last rebel-held areas in Syria, so its not surprising Russia is interested. Strikes on civilian targets would be very problematic, but in a White Helmet’s statement, everything is civilian.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of