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Russia commits massacre, killing and injuring 37 civilians in northern Idlib

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Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/03/05 07:52
Update date: 2020/03/05 15:37

Idlib - SMART

On Wednesday night, Russian warplanes committed a massacre, killing and injuring 37 civilians in the city of Maarrat Misrin, 10 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria. 

Ahmad Sheikho, Civil Defense media official in Idlib, reported to SMART that Russian warplanes launched two raids on a farm that is house to displaced families on the perimeter of Maarrat Misrin. Sheikho added that the raids killed 16 civilians, including seven women and two children, and injured 21 others, including two children and four women.

On March 3, 2020, the Syrian government forces committed a massacre in the city of Idlib, killing nine civilians and injuring 21 others. Russian and Syrian government forces bombings also killed a civilian and injured two others in the town of Badama and the village of Adwan. 

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 operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this 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, and the Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M4).