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Syria: Russian jets kill 10 in Idlib, hospital targeted

Violating cease-fire, attacks by regime and allies continue strike de-escalation zone

Esref Musa and Mehmet Burak Karacaoglu  | 30.01.2020 - Update : 30.01.2020
Syria: Russian jets kill 10 in Idlib, hospital targeted File Photo

IDLIB, Syria

At least ten civilians were killed when Russian warplanes hit residential areas in Idlib, a de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, overnight, according to local sources.

The Russian bombing target various areas, including a hospital and a bakery, in Ariha district, south of Idlib, late Wednesday, said the opposition’s observatory.

The civil defense agency White Helmets said the attack wounded 37 others, as well.

The hospital is out of service after the bombing, it added.

Cease-fire violated

Located in the northwestern Syria, Idlib province is the stronghold of the opposition and anti-government armed groups since the outbreak of the civil war.

It 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.

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

The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone, killing at least 1,300 civilians since the agreement.

In a fresh move, Turkey announced on Jan. 10 that a new ceasefire in Idlib would start just after midnight on Jan. 12. However, the regime and Iran-backed terrorist groups continued their ground attacks.

More than 1.3 million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks since the beginning of 2019.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the 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.

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