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Amnesty condemns Syria regime strikes on Idlib school, hospitals

Amnesty International accused Syria's government and its Russian allies Thursday (March 28th) of striking medical facilities and a school in Idlib province with air and artillery strikes over the past month, AFP reported.

After eight years of war, "the Syrian government continues to show utter disregard for the laws of war and the lives of civilians", it said in a statement.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, regime strikes since February on the north-western province controlled by the extremist group Tahrir al-Sham have left at least 170 civilians dead and displaced thousands of others.

Amnesty said "a hospital, blood bank and other medical facilities as well as a bakery and a school" had been hit in Idlib.

"The Syrian government, with the support of Russia, is clearly resorting to the same unlawful military tactics which led to massive displacement, in some cases forced displacement," it said.

Amnesty said its report was based on witness testimonies backed up by "analysis of videos, open source information and satellite imagery".

On March 15th, the US accused Russia and the Syrian government of being responsible for "escalating violence" in Idlib.

"Despite Russia's claims to be targeting terrorists, these operations have caused dozens of civilian casualties and have targeted first responders as they attempt to save lives on the ground," a State Department spokesman said.

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