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Syrian government forces commit massacre, killing and injuring 56 civilians in Maarrat Misrin, Idlib

Editing: Mais Noor Aldeen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/02/25 16:33

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces committed a massacre in the town of Maarrat Misrin, 10 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing and injuring 56 people at an early count. 

Civil Defense manager, who introduced himself as Abu Hamdou, in Idlib reported to SMART that a Syrian government forces warplane bombed a school that shelters displaced people in Maarrat Misrin. The bombings killed 11 civilians, including seven children and a woman, and injured 45 others, including 12 women and 12 children. Abu Hamdou reported no further details.

Earlier on Tuesday, Syrian government forces rocket and aerial bombings killed two teachers and two civilians and injured seven teacehrs and dozens of students, in schools in the city of Idlib, .

The Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, are 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.