The shelling in Ibleen, a village in southern Idlib province, hit the home of Subhi al-Assi, killing him, his wife and three of his children in their sleep, according to the rescue service known as the White Helmets. and the Idlib Health Directorate. Al-Assi was the administrator of a local health center.
The shelling also hit the home of a White Helmets volunteer, also known as the Syrian Civil Defense, killing his two sons.
The volunteer, Omar al-Omar, and his wife were injured, according to the White Helmets. In a nearby town, another child died and four others from the same family were injured, according to the White Helmets.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported on the bombings and the victims.
The observatory said the bombing was followed by airstrikes from suspected Russian fighter jets that hit areas west of the city of Idlib. The White Helmets said one of their centers was attacked and destroyed in the airstrike, knocking it out of service. Five volunteers were slightly injured.
A water station in the area was also attacked and taken out of service, the White Helmets said.
The area has seen an increase in violence in recent weeks between government forces and insurgents on the edge of the last rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib, despite a truce negotiated last year.
The truce was negotiated between Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition, and Russia, the main sponsor of the Syrian government.
At the time, he halted a crushing Russian-backed government air and ground campaign aimed at retaking the region where nearly 4 million people live, most of them displaced.
Residents of the enclave depend on humanitarian aid brought in from across the border with Turkey. The region is dominated by insurgent groups. Dominant among them is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group that was once linked to al-Qaida.