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Syrian government forces warplanes kill and injure 45 civilians in massacre in Idlib city

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/02/11 12:47
Update date: 2020/02/11 13:15

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, Syrian government forces warplanes committed massacre in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing and injuring 45 civilians, including women and children.

Abdul Razzaq Ghafir, administrative at the documentation department in the Clinics Hospital in Idlib, reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces warplanes launched air raids on the al-Jalaa street and the Industrial Zone in the city, killing 16 civilians, including seven children, and injuring 33 others, including women and children.

The Syrian government forces warplanes also raided the city of Kafr Nubl and the town of al-Fu’ah. An artillery shelling from Syrian government bases in surrounding areas targeted the villages of Kafr Sijnah and Maar Zeita, causing only damage.

On Feb. 9, 2020, a Syrian government forces missile shelling killed a civilian and injured 13 others in the city of Jisr al-Shughur, 31 kilometers west of Idlib.

The Syrian government forces and their allied militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground attack on the southern and western Aleppo countryside, and the southern and eastern Idlib countryside. During this attack, the Syrian government forces gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the area, after intensified bombings. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to displace.

This attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation launched on Idlib in Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the Khan Shaykhun area. 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.