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Syrian government artillery shelling injures child in southern Aleppo

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/01/25 11:42

Aleppo - SMART

On Friday night, the Syrian government forces launched artillery shelling on the town of al-Eis, 25 kilometers south of Aleppo, Northern Syria, injuring a child.

The Syrian government forces stationed in Shughaidlah dam launched 12 artillery shells on civilians’ homes in the town of al-Eis, injuring a displaced child from Idlib. The child was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, local activists and military observatories reported to SMART that Russian warplanes launched missiles on the villages of Qasimiyah and Kamari and the town of al-Zirbah in Aleppo. The Syrian government warplanes also bombed the village of Kafr Hamra in northwestern Aleppo governorate.

According to the activists, the Syrian government helicopters also dropped explosive barrels on the villages of al-Qalagiya, Khan Tuman, Birnah and Zitan, southern Aleppo.

On Friday, Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes launched dozens of air strikes on cities, towns, and villages in the governorates of Aleppo and Idlib. Meanwhile, the Syrian government forces launched a ground attack on areas outside their control in western Aleppo.

Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by 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 intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

This attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on Idlib on Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern countryside of Hama and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this military operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries.