Syria rescue group says 10 killed in airstrike on shelter

July 17, 2018 - 6:01 am

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian search and rescue team says at least 10 civilians were killed in a Russian airstrike on a school serving as a shelter in southwest Syria, near the Israeli frontier.

Khaled Solh of the Syrian Civil Defense says the school building in the village of Ain el-Tineh was being used to shelter families who have been forced to flee their homes amid the fighting.

Russia is supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces to recapture territory from rebels in southwest Syria.

Moaz al-Assaad, a photographer at the scene Tuesday, says he counted at least 20 wounded, including children.

The International Rescue Committee says the government's advance has trapped tens of thousands of displaced Syrians along the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied in 1967.