Russian warplanes have unleashed a series of airstrikes on cities in the country's north.
The raids hit Idlib and Aleppo provinces on Tuesday, with is described as some of the worst since the FSA fighting to topple bloody dictator Assad made advances in the region over the past week.
An airstrike was carried out on Maarat Herma in Idlib province and damaged buildings in Maarat al-Numan in the same province.
The pre-dawn air raids around Maaret al-Numan were the most violent since Free Syrian Army liberated the strategic town last week.
The warplanes targeted the blockade of the highway to second city Aleppo, the theatre of intense fighting for the past three months. The FSA responded with anti-aircraft fire.
Assadite shelling of nearby Kafr Nabal killed two children, aged six and 10. They were among at least 70 people who died in bloodshed across the country.
Another five children under the age of six died along with two adults in shelling of homes at Mayadeen village in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.