Russian airstrikes injure two Civil Defense volunteers, eastern Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Monday, Russian airstrikes injured two Civil Defense volunteers in the village of Afes in eastern Idlib, Northern Syria.
The Civil Defense posted on Facebook that Russian warplanes bombed the village of Afes, injuring the volunteers Ahmad and Muhammad Ali Basha.
The Civil Defense added that the airstrikes hit the village while the two volunteers were checking the location of previous bombings in Afes.
Local activists reported to SMART that Russian and Syrian government forces helicopters and warplanes launched dozens of raids on the cities of Idlib, Saraqib, and Binnish, and the towns of Taftanaz and Sarmin, and villages of Khan al-Subul, al-Nayrab, al-Mastumah, and Qminas.
The Syrian government forces stationed in the town of Abu al-Duhur, the villages of Khan al-Subul and Maar Dibsah, and the Kurd Mountains in northern Latakia, shelled the city of Saraqib and the town of Bidama. No casualties were reported.
On Feb. 2, 2020, Russian warplanes committed a massacre in the town of Sarmin, eastern Idlib, killing eight civilians. The Syrian government forces also launched rocket and aerial bombings on Binnish, Sarmin, and al-Mastumah, killing and injuring eight civilians.
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 western Aleppo countryside and the Idlib eastern and southern countryside. 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.