Syria regime hits civilians in 1,000+ airstrikes in February

- Air raids claim at least 270 civilians lives, including 49 children and 48 women.

ANKARA (AA) - The Assad regime in Syria carried out 1,009 airstrikes on 12 provinces since the beginning of February, a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The airstrikes targeted civilians, claiming at least 270 lives, including 49 children and 48 women. More than 1,200 people have been wounded, the UK-based group said Wednesday.

The observatory documented at least 537 barrel bombs that targeted residential areas in the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Idlib, Homs, Quneitra, Hasakah, Daraa, Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama.

Meanwhile, 120 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, al-Nusra Front and other opposition groups were killed in regime airstrikes, the observatory added.

Syria has been gripped by constant fighting since the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March 2011, triggering a conflict that has left at least 350,000 people dead and displaced almost half of the country's population.

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