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Russia commits massacre of entire family in Kafr Taal, Aleppo

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/01/21 13:26
Update date: 2020/01/21 16:37

Aleppo - SMART

On Tuesday, Russia committed a massacre of an entire family in the village of Kafr Taal, 24 kilometers west of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

The Civil Defense director in the village of Urum al-Kubra, Hussein Badawi, reported to SMART that the Russian warplanes shelled the village of Kafr Taal, killing six children and their mother and father, in addition to a 22-year-old man.

Russia and the Syrian government forces have intensified their bombings on villages and towns of the southern and western countryside of Aleppo since Jan. 17, 2020, killing and injuring civilians, amidst expectations of a ground attack by the two parties to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus highway.

Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on southern and eastern countryside of Idlib. They intensified the attack on Dec. 20, 2019, as the Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense bombing, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.

This ground attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on April 25, 2019. In August 2019, the Syrian government gained control of northern Hama countryside and the Khan Sheikhun region. Military analysts and journalists say that the battles’ goal is that the Syrian government and Russia gain control of the Aleppo - Damascus international highway (which connects Turkey with Jordan and the Arab Gulf states) to be opened later under Russian-Turkish sponsorship according to the agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi.