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Syrian government steps up attacks on Idlib province

  • Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebels at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebels at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian army soldier fires his weapon during a battle with rebels at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A Syrian army soldier fires his weapon during a battle with rebels at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian activists say Russian and Syrian aircraft have stepped up their assaults on the rebel-held province of Idlib, a day after air raids killed more than 60 people.

The activist-run Local Coordination Committees is reporting airstrikes on the towns of Binnish, Maarat Nasaan, and Saraqib, as well as the provincial capital, Idlib.

The network says the Monday morning airstrikes killed three children. It blamed the attacks on Russian aircraft.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported strikes on Idlib city. It says 288 civilians have been killed in the province since Oct. 20, when Syrian government and Russian aircraft intensified airstrikes.

The Syrian Civil Defense first responder group said 65 civilians were killed in Sunday airstrikes across the province, including attacks on two rural marketplaces that killed dozens.