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6 May 2016

An air strike on a camp for internally displaced Syrians

An air strike on a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the country's border with Turkey has killed at least 30 people, activists said.

The attack on the camp in Idlib province on Thursday also left dozens of others injured, with a number of those killed children, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

he Observatory said the dead included women and children and the death toll from the air strikes was likely to rise.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, said activists were split on whether Russian or Syrian planes were behind the attack.

"Many in the opposition believe that with strikes like this there's proof the government is not serious about the cessation of hostilities,"  Khodr said.

"These people (internally displaced) live close to the Turkish border in search of safety...they think that the closer they are to the border, the safer they are."

Video of the incident posted on social media showed tents on fire and victims buried underneath debris as rescuers tried to put out flames.

Syria's government has been at war with rebels after it violently put down an initially peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad five years ago.

An estimated 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, according to the UN, with millions more diplaced internally and in neighbouring states.

The crisis has also given rise to the European refugee crisis, as Syrians joins hundreds of thousands of others in seeking refuge on the continent.http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/deadly-air-strike-hits-syrian-refugee-camp-idlib-160505171436082.html