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Russian airstrikes kill 2 children in Idlib

Local | 2019-11-14 21:50:40
Russian airstrikes kill 2 children in Idlib
Two children were killed in Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the de-escalation zone of Idlib, Syria, the Syrian civil defense group White Helmets said on Thursday. 

Two minor siblings were killed in the Maarat Hurma village, the agency said.

According to the Syrian opposition's aircraft observatory, Russian warplanes targeted the villages of Maarat Hurma, Hazareen, Misherfah, Sfuhan, Umm al-Halaheel, al-Dar al-Kaberah and Zarzour.

Assad regime's warplanes and artillery also targeted Kafr Nabl, Bsakla, Marita, Jibila, Sihal, Tal Dam, Tahtaya and Gassayne village.

The targeted areas fall within the de-escalation zone laid out in Turkey’s deal reached with Russia late 2018.

Since then, over 1,300 civilians have been killed in attacks by the regime and Russian forces in the de-escalation zone.

Notably, about a million people have been forced to leave conflict-prone areas of the city and started taking shelter in safer areas in the northern part of the city bordering Turkey.

 The Idlib region, which is home to some three million people including many displaced by Syria's eight-year civil war, is controlled by the country's former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

The Assad forces launched a blistering military campaign against Idlib in April, killing around 1,000 civilians and displacing more than 400,000 people from their homes.

A ceasefire announced by Russia has largely held since late August, although the Observatory says dozens of civilians have been killed in sporadic bombardment since then.

Last month Assad said Idlib was standing in the way of an end to the civil war that has ravaged his country through most of the current decade.

Al-Assad, who now controls around 60 percent of the country, has vowed to reclaim the rest, including Idlib and small pockets in Latakia.

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighbouring countries.   Zaman Al Wasl, Agencies

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