Shelling from Syrian government and Russia kills 84 people in Hama, Idlib and Aleppo after truce

Editing Mais Noor Aldeen | Translation Glory Jabr 🕔 Publication Date: January 24, 2020, 1:02:04 PM wire MILITARY War Crime

Syria - SMART

On Friday, the Response Coordinators Team in Syria documented that the bombing from the Syrian government forces and Russia has killed 84 civilians, including 32 children, since the truce began in the de-escalation zone in the governorates of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo in Central and Northern Syria.

The Response Coordinators director, Muhammad Hallaj, reported to SMART that the shelling on 53 areas in Aleppo killed 45 civilians, and the shelling on 57 areas in Idlib killed 38 civilians. The shelling that hit 11 areas in Hama also killed a civilian since the announcement of a ceasefire agreement.

Hallaj added that 12,371 families consisting of 71,257 people fled the de-escalation zone after the truce was announced. No additional details were given.

On Jan. 10, 2020, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire in the Idlib governorate starting from Jan. 12, 2020, after the Syrian government forces violated the ceasefire announced by Russia on Jan. 9, 2020.

Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib. They intensified the attack on Dec. 20, 2019, as the Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after the intense bombing, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.

This ground attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on April 25, 2019. In August 2019, the Syrian government gained control of the northern countryside of Hama and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists say that the battles’ goal is that the Syrian government and Russia gain control of the Aleppo - Damascus international highway (which connects Turkey with Jordan and the Arab Gulf states) to be opened later under Russian-Turkish sponsorship according to the agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi.

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