BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian opposition has accused the Russian Air Force of killing 17 people in the southwestern part of the Daraa Governorate today.
According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the joint Russian-Syrian airstrikes in southwest Syria killed 17 civilians that were in an underground shelter in the town of Mseifra.
“One of them hit a basement where people were taking shelter, killing 17 civilians, including five children,” the Britain-based monitor said.
The Observatory says it determines who carried out particular strikes based on the type of aircraft and munitions used, the locations and the flight patterns.
The hospital in Al-Mseifra had been put out of service by Russian strikes on Tuesday night, the Observatory said.
Another five civilians were killed in other rebel-controlled areas of Daraa, the main province in southern Syria.
“This is the highest toll since the escalation began on June 19,” the SOHR added.