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Tens of thousands flee Syrian offensive in Idlib as school is bombed

As many as 80,000 people are fleeing the Idlib province in Syria, as government forces launched a renewed offensive on the region this week.

Al Jazeera reports that at least 8 people, including 5 children, were killed as missiles hit a school that was sheltering civilians, according to opposition activists. Idlib remains their last stronghold in the country, which has been devastated by years of armed conflict.

The United Nations estimates at last 60,00 people have fled with numbers as high as 80,000 according to The Times. 25,000 people are thought to have left the area in the past two days alone, with Syrian government sources claiming to have recaptured at least 20 villages in the province.

Russian jets are also reported to have participated in the Syrian military offensive.

See more from The Times here and Al Jazeera here.