Syrian government shelling kills two civilians and injures two others in southern Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Wednesday, the Syrian government forces launched air and artillery shelling on southern Idlib, Northern Syria, killing two civilians and injuring a child and a woman.
The Civil Defense director in the area of Saraqib, Laith Ahmad, reported to SMART that the Syrian government warplanes shelled the village of Maarrat Dibsah, eastern Idlib, killing a civilian and injuring a child and a woman slightly.
Local sources added that the Syrian government forces stationed in the town of Jarjanaz shelled the town of Talmenes, killing a civilian.
Warplanes and helicopters of the Syrian government and Russia shelled the city of Maarrat al-Nu'man, the towns of Abu al-Dhuhur, Talmenes, the villages of Deir Sunbul, al-Bara, al-Dana, Sarjah, Sheikh Idris, Deir Sharqi, Deir Gharbi, Khan Assubul, Kafar Roma, al-Ghadfah, Maar Shoreen, Maar Shamshah, Maar Shimmareen, al-Hamidiah, Hass, Benin, Hantoteen, and Babeela. The shelling caused only material damage, according to local activists and military sources.
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.