A UN official on Wednesday condemned recent air and barrel bomb attacks in the northern Syrian region of Idlib, which have killed dozens of civilians, including children and women.

“Despite repeated assurances that warring parties only strike legitimate military targets, attacks on health and education facilities continue,” said Najat Rochdi, a special adviser to UN Special Representative for Syria Geir Pedersen, in a statement released in Geneva.

She urged an immediate de-escalation and asked all parties to respect international law obligations, including to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Residents in the areas affected face significant hardship

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