Istanbul: Atleast 78 fighters from a Turkey-backed rebel group in northwest Syria were killed on Monday in an Air strikes by a Syrian regime ally.
More than 90 were also wounded when they targeted a training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idli province.
The National Liberation Front, an umbrella group of Ankara-backed rebels, told news agencies that Russian strikes on Monday had hit one of its positions and caused casualties, but did not give an exact death toll.
NLF spokesman Say Raad denounced the “Russian aircraft and regime forces continuously violating the Turkish-Russian deal in targeting military positions, villages and towns”.
In March, a fragile truce brokered between Moscow and Ankara stemmed a deadly months-long Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country’s last major rebel stronghold in Idlib that displaced almost a million people from their homes.
The March truce has largely held with the exception of some bombardment and intermittent air strikes on the area, including a US drone strike on Thursday that killed 17 jihadists.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and allied rebels dominate the region of some three million people, many living in camps after being displaced by the nine-year war.
After a string of military victories backed by Russia, the Syrian government has regained control of around 70 percent of the country.
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