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Scores killed in regime airstrikes on Syrian displaced camp

Most of the victims were women and children, rescue workers said [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 5 May, 2016

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Syrian regime airstrikes on a camp for internally displaced people in the northern Idlib province on Thursday have killed at least 30 civilians, including women and children.

At least 30 civilians, including women and children, were killed Thursday in regime airstrikes on a displaced camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border, rescue workers said.

"Around 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed and another 30 others were injured in three airstrikes carried out by Syrian regime warplanes on the Kammouna displaced camp near Sarmada" in Idlib province, a member of the civil defence known as the White Helmets told The New Arab.

The rescue worker said fatalities are likely to increase due to the high number of casualties with critical injuries.

Most of the camp's displaced residents have fled the area fearing renewed airstrikes, according to the rescue worker.

Mamun al-Khatib, director of the Aleppo-based pro-rebel Shahba Press news agency, said two regime warplanes fired four missiles in the attack.

"Two missiles fell near the camp causing people to panic and two more fell inside where a dozen tents caught fire," said Khatib.

Images shared online by activists showed emergency workers putting out fires among damaged blue and white tents.

Khatib said the people in the camp had fled fighting in the north of Aleppo province.

Thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern province over the last weeks, and camps for the displaced have been set up along the Turkish border.

The airstrikes come after an intense diplomatic push to revive a landmark ceasefire and salvage peace efforts to end Syria's five-year conflict.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 270,000 people and displaced millions since it started after the brutal crackdown of anti-government protests in 2011.

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