Air strikes and rocket fire by Syria’s regime and its ally Russia on Monday killed 25 civilians, including seven children, in a northwestern region beyond government control, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 13 of those slain were killed in regime air raids on the village of Jabala in Idlib province. The Idlib region, dominated by an alliance led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, is supposed to be protected by a months-old buffer zone deal.
Assad-Putin Bombarding Civilians
That region includes most of Idlib province as well as adjacent parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo governorates. But it has come under deadly regime bombardment in recent weeks, sparking fears for its roughly three million residents.
Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
Julian Röpcke, senior journalist and political speaker, reported that the final death in the Assad-Putin air and artillery strikes increased to 27 civilians, including 11 children, while more than 70 people were wounded.
Grim final toll of the day.
27 civilians including 11 children murdered by #AssadPutin air and artillery strikes, 70 more wounded.
Rest in peace …
The world remains silent on the daily slaughter.
Shame on you!https://t.co/YWqwQ57nH4#Syria
— Julian Röpcke🇺🇦 (@JulianRoepcke) June 10, 2019
The White Helmets, a Syrian humanitarian relief organization, reported that the shelling launched by the Assad-led regime and Russia forces marked one of the “bloodiest days in northern Syria” and confirmed that 27 innocent lives were lost.
2) 27 civilians were killed today, June 10/19, among them 8 children and 6 women. Most of the victims were killed in #Jabalah village in the southern countryside of #Idlib, where 12 people were killed by air strikes via regime aircraft which targeted the village this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/CnO3TPpaHb
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 11, 2019
The White Helmets tweeted that the “vicious massacre” carried out by Assad’s war planes led to the collapse of many houses in Jabalah Town, southern Idlib, causing “several families to get buried under the rubble of their houses”.
12 people were killed, including 5 children and 3 women, and several families buried under the rubble of their houses, in a vicious massacre carried out by the regime's warplanes in #Jabala Town in southern #Idlib this evening. #Syria pic.twitter.com/jhVoWLPQ8c
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 10, 2019
Zouhir Al-Shimale, a freelance Syrian journalist based in Aleppo, shared that the Russian airstrike in Idlib claimed the lives of a mother and newborn baby.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 13 of those slain were killed in regime air raids on the village of Jabala in Idlib province.
Shimale tweeted, “A new born baby girl was “killed” following Russian airstrike against her house. Doctors couldn’t rescue the mother nor the infant after urgent labour surgery ended unsuccessfully.”
A new born baby girl was “killed” following Russian airstrike against her house.
Doctors couldn’t rescue the mother nor the infant after urgent labour surgery ended unsuccessfully. #Idlib pic.twitter.com/xBeiYEaJ7q
— Zouhir Al-Shimale (@ZouhirAlShimale) June 10, 2019
Recent Surge of Violence
The spike in violence has killed more than 360 civilians since the end of April, says the Britain-based Observatory. The violence has also forced more than 270,000 people to flee their homes and hit 24 health facilities, the United Nations says.
Analysts predict the regime will continue to chip away at the region but say it is unlikely to unleash a major assault.
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Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. The Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunitions used.
AFP with additional input by GVS news desk.