Russian warplanes commit massacre in Ibbin Samaan village, Aleppo
Aleppo - SMART
On Sunday night, Russian warplanes committed a massacre in the village of Ibbin Samaan, 35 kilometers west of Aleppo, Northern Syria, killing and injuring 22 civilians.
Hamza Yousef, Civil Defense media worker, reported to SMART that the Russian warplanes targeted houses in the village, killing nine civilians, including five children and a woman, and injuring 15 others.
Ibrahim Abu Laith, head of the Civil Defense media office, reported to SMART that the wounded included five women and four children.
Omar Hallak, an administrative employee at a hospital in the city of al-Atarib, said that the hospital received two dead civilians and seven injured others. The rest of the victims were transported to other hospitals.
On Feb. 9, 2020, Syrian government forces and Russian airstrikes killed and injured 44 civilians, including women and children, western Aleppo.
Since Jan. 17, 2020, Russia and the Syrian government forces have intensified their bombings on villages and towns in the southern and western countryside of Aleppo, killing and injuring civilians. A week later, the two parties launched a ground attack to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus highway.
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 and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. 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.