At least 39 people have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib. Reports say, the building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says, there are still dozens of people missing. Idlib is the last major rebel-held area, and is expected to be the next target for Syrian armed forces.
In recent months, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, has made major advances in its offensive against a number of rebel and terrorist groups across Syria.
More than 3,50,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria’s civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.