‘Russian raids’ kill 33 civilians ahead of Syria talks

BEIRUT: Suspected Russian raids killed 33 civilians in war-ravaged eastern Syria on Saturday, amid reports US forces are building up an air base to bolster their fight against militants further north. Meanwhile, senior diplomats scrambled to resolve the key question of who will represent Syria’s opposition at crucial talks next week aimed at ending the nearly-five year war. In eastern Syria, the 33 civilians were killed in air strikes suspected to have been carried out by Russian warplanes on a militant-held village. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine children and two women were among the dead in Khasham, which is controlled by the Islamic State group. The village is in…

Source: Dutch Caribbean News ‘Russian raids’ kill 33 civilians ahead of Syria talks