Last week, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said her office has tallied more than 1,000 civilian deaths in northern Syria over the last four months alone [File: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters]

Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes may have committed war crimes while targeting medical facilities, schools, markets and farmland in an ongoing deadly campaign in northwestern Syria, UN investigators say.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria also said on Wednesday that Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former al-Qaeda affiliate fighting government forces in the northwestern province of Idlib, fired rockets indiscriminately and killed civilians.

Syrian forces carried out repeated air raids in Saraqib in Idlib on March 9, damaging Al-Hayat women’s and children’s hospital despite being aware of its coordinates, the report

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