Three children are among at least nine people killed after Syrian regime rocket fire hit refugee camps west of the city of Idlib in Syria's northwest.
Israeli air strike has targeted Syria's Masyaf area in Hama region, killing five and injuring seven, regime media reported.
Decades after the bloody Hama massacre, Syrian regime head Bashar al Assad has managed to cling to power, like his father, under the averted gaze of world powers.
The ambush is the second this week to target buses traveling between the regime-controlled areas and to be blamed on suspected Daesh militants.
Israel rarely confirms details of its operations in Syria, but says Iran's presence backing regime leader Bashar al Assad is a threat.
More than 20 air strikes targeted two mountains and three villages in the Jabal al Zawiya region and two other villages in the countryside of the Hama province, a war monitor and a civil defence group said.
The toll of nine dead could rise as some people were seriously injured in the raids, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavily-bombarded Maarat al Numan "is nearly besieged," with residents of several villages scurrying for safety in the northwest of the country.
Idlib today bears the brunt of the Assad regime's Soleimani-inspired scorched earth strategy which will blight Syria for a long time to come.
A war monitor says "fierce clashes" between loyalist forces, militants and allied rebels were taking place one kilometre west of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based war monitor, said that four children were among 15 civilians killed in air strikes by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia.
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