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Russia shells health workers while rescuing wounded people in Idlib

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/01/23 11:24

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday, Russia shelled health workers while they were rescuing the wounded people in Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.

The Civil Defense said on social media that Russian warplanes targeted Civil Defense paramedics using two raids. The paramedics were rescuing the wounded after previous raids hit the vicinity of the city of Ariha.

Earlier on Thursday, Russia committed a massacre in the governorate of Idlib, killing and injuring dozens of people, including eight civilians, after launching airstrikes on the vicinity of the city of Ariha.

The Civil Defense stated that the raids injured several civilians who were in the vicinity of the targeted place. The Civil Defense added that the bombing also burned a Civil Defense ambulance.

The International Humanitarian Law, which is part of the General International Law, requires that health workers, medical clinics, and ambulance must be protected.

Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on the 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 the 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 the northern countryside of Hama and the area of Khan Sheikhun. 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.