IDLIB, Syria 

At least nine civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes in Idlib, northwestern Syria, where acts of violence are prohibited, a local civil defense agency said on Monday.

Syrian opposition aircraft monitors said Russian warplanes hit the district of Maarat al-Numan, as well as a number of villages overnight.

According to the White Helmets, the airstrikes killed nine civilians in Idlib.

Russian planes also target the routes Syrians take towards theTurkish border to escape the bombings on the residential area.

Following the airstrikes, civil defense teams launched search and rescue efforts.

Over 1,300 civilians have been killed in the

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