38 civilians were killed in the Russian Federation air strikes while trying to cross the Euphrates River in order to avoid fighting in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor in Syria, AFP reported with reference to the Syrian Monitoring Center for Human Rights.

“A Russian air strike killed 38 civilians on Wednesday as they tried to cross the Euphrates river to escape fighting in eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province,” the report said.

Among the dead were nine children.

Reportedly, civilians tried to cross the river in order to escape from areas where the Russia-backed forces of the Assad regime are fighting the terrorist organization "Islamic State", which besieged Deir Ezzor province in 2014.

Earlier, as a result of air strikes in the Syrian province of Idlib on September 30, at least 28 civilians were killed.

Source: AFP