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Regime renews bombing on northwestern Syria, two children killed

More than 25 civilians were killed and injured on Saturday, including women and children, as a result of renewed missile and artillery bombardment, in addition to the use of internationally banned missiles and ammunition by regime forces and Russia on the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo, northwestern Syria.

The rescue Civil Defense Organization said that 3 civilians, including two children, were killed on Saturday morning, in addition to the injury of 3 civilians, including a girl, as a result of regime forces’ missile bombardment that targeted residential neighborhoods in Idlib.

In addition, a displaced person from the countryside of Hama governorate was killed, and others were injured, as a result of a missile bombardment that targeted the city of “Atareb” in the western countryside of Aleppo at dawn on Saturday, and the missile bombardment also targeted seven towns in the western countryside of Aleppo.

The death toll in the town of Termanin rose to 5 civilian deaths, including a child, after a man died from his wounds, in addition to 30 civilians, including 5 children and 2 women, as a result of regime forces targeting the town with several missiles, including internationally banned cluster missiles.

Thursday’s strike on the Homs Military Academy killed 89 people, including 31 women and five children, is likely to lead to a renewed wave of violence in the country’s opposition-held northwest.

Idlib's front lines have been relatively calm since Russia and Turkey, who support rival sides in the country’s conflict, reached a cease-fire in March 2020, ending a three-month Russian-backed government offensive against insurgents, according to AP.

On Friday, 11 civilians were killed, including 3 children and a woman, in addition to the injury of 82 other civilians, including 24 children and 14 women, as a result of the targeting of 22 cities, towns and villages in northwestern Syria, with Russian air strikes, internationally banned cluster munitions, and ammunition. Internationally banned incendiaries, rocket launchers, and heavy artillery, by regime forces and Russia, according to the White Helmets.

As the conflict, now in its 13th year, reached a stalemate, the Syrian government reclaimed large swathes of lost territory with the help of its key allies in Russia and Iran in recent years.

The U.N. estimates that some 300,000 civilians died during the first decade of the uprising, while half of the pre-war population of 23 million were displaced.

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