Russia and Syria launched airstrikes Saturday on Syria’s last rebel stronghold of Idlib, killing at least four civilians in what a war monitoring group said were the most intense attacks in a month.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said aircraft carried out about 60 raids in less than three hours on southern areas of the densely-populated stronghold.
Also Saturday, Russia said it had “irrefutable information” that Syrian rebels were planning “provocations” in Idlib to justify a response from Western nations.
“Those taking part in the staging of provocations should be fully ready by the evening of September 8,” said Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
Konashenkov said “terrorist” groups had gathered in Idlib and were being helped by the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group officially known as the Syria Civil Defense.