By Halit Suleyman
IDLIB, Syria (AA) - At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured in airstrikes launched by regime and Russian warplanes in Syria's western province of Idlib on Sunday.
A Syrian regime warplane struck a marketplace in the opposition-held province, local civil defense official Leys al-Faris told Anadolu Agency.
“At least 18 people were killed and 50 others injured in the attack,” he said.
Al-Faris described the attack as a “massacre” committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime during the fasting month of Ramadan, which began in Syria last week.
He said rescuers were struggling to extract people from under the rubble of destroyed buildings.
Meanwhile, three people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a residential area in the city of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib.
“Rescuers are looking for survivors following the attack,” al-Faris said.
Since April 21, Syrian regime forces and Russian warplanes have intensified attacks on opposition-held areas in Syria, killings scores of civilians.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.
The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people.
*Anadolu Agency Correspondent Sibel Ugurlu contributed this report from Ankara.