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Syria: Regime attack kills 2, injures 5 civilians

Airstrike target de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, violating terms of cease-fire

Esref Musa, Burak Karacaoglu   | 25.10.2019
Syria: Regime attack kills 2, injures 5 civilians

IDLIB, Syria

The regime attack in Syria killed two civilians and injured five others in the Idlib de-escalation zone on Friday.

The attacks carried out by Bashar al-Assad regime targeted civilian settlements in Bidama district, Qafranbil town, and several villages falling inside the de-escalation zone with cannons, rockets, and mortars.

According to the Syrian civil defense agency White Helmets, the casualties were reported in Bidama, southwestern Idlib.

On the other hand, the war planes -- its observatory belongs to Russia, according to the Syrian military opposition -- attacked five villages in Idlib and Latakia.

The Assad regime attacked a marketplace in the de-escalation zone in Idlib on Thursday.

At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded during the artillery attack in al-Janudiya town.

In 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The de-escalation zone is currently home to some 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces from throughout the war-weary country.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

*Writing by Dilara Hamit

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