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Syria: 313 civilians killed in Idlib since Nov. 2019

Scores of civilian buildings were also destroyed in past 90 days while financial damage top $322 million

Mehmet Burak Karacaoglu and Esref Musa   | 16.01.2020
Syria: 313 civilians killed in Idlib since Nov. 2019 A drone photo shows the aerial photo of marketplace after it was hit by Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes in central Idlib, Syria on January 15, 2020. ( Izzeddin Idilbi - Anadolu Agency )

IDLIB, Syria

More and more civilians are losing their lives or getting displaced in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib as the regime, Iran-backed groups and Russia intensify airstrikes.

A total of 313 civilians, including 100 children, were killed, 1,843 others injured and 382,466 Syrians were forced to flee their homes since November 2019, according to data provided by the Coordinators of Interventions in Syria, a local rights group.

The strikes also targeted many civilian buildings including 48 mosques, three civil defense centers, one ambulance, nine health teams, 15 health facilities, 11 tent cities, eight water stations, 51 schools and 14 marketplaces.

The aggression by the regime and its allies have also caused considerable financial damage for Syrians, estimated to be at $322 million.

The majority of civilians fleeing attacks take shelter either near the Turkish border or in areas falling under territories Turkey cleared of terror elements following Operation Olive Branch or Operation Euphrates Shield.

With migration starting in Jebel ez-Zawiyah region in southern Idlib as well, it is feared that about a quarter-million people might be displaced if attacks intensify any further.

Having fled deadly attacks, thousands of families are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

Idlib is often viewed as the fortress of the Syrian opposition and anti-regime armed groups since the eruption of the civil war.

With internal migration due to regime aggression, the population of Idlib climbed to four million and it has been under the opposition's control since 2015. Idlib is one of the most targeted areas by the regime.

On May 4-5, 2017, a total of four de-escalation zones were established in Syria under auspices of Turkey, Russia, and Iran. However, the regime and Iran-backed terrorists captured all these territories, with the exception of Idlib, with Russian aerial assistance.

Since the start of 2019, some 1.3 million people took refuge near the Turkish border and more than 1,600 civilians lost their lives.

*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

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