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Syrian activists say Russian warplanes have struck in the central Homs province, killing at least two children and a shepherd.

An activist media platform in the central town of Talbiseh said at least 10 air raids were carried out on the town and nearby areas Sunday. A video posted by the group showed panicked residents fleeing.

Another Syria-based activist, who goes by the name Bebars al-Talawy, says at least 15 people were wounded.

Russia began launching airstrikes Wednesday, targeting mainly central and northwestern Syria, strategic regions that are the gateway to President Bashar Assad’s main strongholds.

Moscow says it is targeting the Islamic State group and helping the Syrian government to fight terrorism, but at least some of its airstrikes have hit Western-backed rebels.

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Turkey’s president says Russian airstrikes that have targeted some foreign-back insurgents in Syria are unacceptable and warned Moscow that it runs the risk of alienating itself in the region.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing for France on Sunday that Russia was making a “grave mistake” and that Turkey was “saddened and perturbed” by its actions.

Russia says the airstrikes that began Wednesday are targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, but at least some of the strikes appear to have hit Western-backed rebel factions.

An activist group said Saturday that the Russian air raids have killed 39 civilians.

On Friday, Turkey and its allies issued a joint statement asking Moscow to cease attacks on the Syrian opposition and to focus on fighting IS.

 

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