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Syrian government forces and Russian bombings destroy medical center in Idlib

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/04 17:04

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces and Russia intensively bombed the town of Sarmin, 9 kilometers east of Idlib, Northern Syria, destroying a medical center. 

The Free Idlib Health Directorate said that the bombings almost destroyed the center.

The directorate added that Russia and the Syrian government forces have targeted 49 medical centers since April 29, 2019. 

On Jan. 30, 2020, the directorate said that the Syrian government forces and Russia had targeted 47 medical centers in Northwestern Syria since April 29, 2019. 

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.