Six civilians were killed and 25 others injured on Saturday in bombings by the Syrian army in northwestern Syriathe last stronghold of jihadists and rebels in the country, according to the non-governmental organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Regime forces directly targeted populated areas of Idlib city”the NGO reported, adding that industrial areas and “neighborhoods of the city of Sharmeen” were also hitNearby.
Six civilians, including “two children and a wife”were killed in the two communities and another 25 were injured in various areas of the province Idlibaccording to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organization that relies on a wide network of sources in Syria.
During the bombings Syrian government forces fired ‘more than 35 missiles’always according to the NGO.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, the former al-Qaeda wing) is the most powerful jihadist and insurgent organization operating in the northwest Syriawhere other rebel organizations, less powerful, more or less supported by Turkey, are also present.
The HTS, designated a terrorist organization by Damascus, the US and the EU, is bombing the positions of the Syrian government forces and those of Russia, Syria’s main ally.
In recent days, some areas of the rebel and jihadist stronghold have turned into a theater of heavy fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
On Friday, the NGO said 11 members of forces close to Damascus and 5 HTS fighters were killed when the jihadist group launched an assault on neighboring Aleppo province on Thursday.
At the end of November, shelling by Syrian government forces killed nine civiliansincluding six children, as they picked olives in Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey is being implemented in Idlib province as Damascus prepared to launch a full-scale offensive in March 2020. However, the agreement is frequently violated.
The war in Syria, which broke out in 2011 in the midst of the so-called Arab Spring, triggered by the bloody repression of protests with a central demand for the democratization of the country, has claimed the lives of more than half a million people and turned millions more into internally displaced persons and refugees.
Source: News Beast
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