Syria: Russian air strikes kill 53 people

  • Russian air strikes in the village of Al-Shafah in Syria on Sunday morning claimed around 53 lives. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 21 of those killed were children. Al-Shafah is located in the province of Deir al-Zour, which is under the control of the Islamic State. Russia had earlier conformed that the air strikes were carried out by six long-range bombers; however, it claimed that the strikes were on the militant strongholds.