Air raids on Syria’s Idlib kill family of seven, say activists.

Seven members of one family have been killed in Syria’s Idlib in an escalation of a Russian-backed offensive against the last major rebel stronghold, according to a war monitor and activists.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman and her six children were killed after an air raid hit their home in the village of Deir al-Sharqi in southern Idlib on Saturday.

The children were all under the age of 18 and included a 4-year-old, said the Britain-based war monitor. Their father survived because he was not home at the time of the bombing, it added.

The activist-operated Thiqa news agency also reported the casualties and showed images of rescuers attempting to extricate the body of a young boy trapped under the rubble.

A photographer collaborating with AFP news agency said he saw a man leaving the site of the blast carrying the corpse of a young girl.

Syria’s Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, said Deir al-Sharqi was hit with four air raids that resulted in the killing of the Hammoud family.

The deaths in Deir al-Sharqi came a day after at least 13 people were killed in an air raid on a displacement camp in the village of al-Haas.