Russian raids kill dozens in Syria, aid delayed

A Syrian activist sprays graffiti in solidarity with the besieged town of Madaya, in Kafr Batna in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of Damascus, on January 8, 2016Russian air strikes Saturday on an Al-Qaeda run prison in Syria killed nearly 60 people, a monitor said, as aid needed in three besieged towns where people are reportedly starving was delayed. The bloodshed came as UN envoy Staffan de Mistura met in Damascus with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to prepare for peace talks between the government and the opposition. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raids that hit a building near a popular market in the northwestern Idlib town of Maarat al-Numan killed 21 civilians, 29 militants and seven detainees.

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