6 civilians killed in shelling on Idlib despite ceasefire

6 civilians killed in shelling on Idlib despite ceasefire
Shelling on the country side of Hama.

(IraqiNews) At least six civilians were killed in a rocket shelling by the government forces on the southern areas of Idlib Province, northwest of Syria, despite the two-week ceasefire imposed on the area.

A ceasefire in Idlib was declared by Moscow and approved by Damascus, took effect at the end of August, but is increasingly being violated, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Yesterday, government forces shelled Maarat al-Nu’man and Kafrnabel, in the southern countryside of Idlib, killing five civilians, including a child, while a sixth civilian was killed by Russian strikes on a village in the western countryside of the province.

Since the ceasefire was imposed, the death toll has risen to 11 civilians, eight of them were killed by rocket and artillery shelling, which were conducted by government forces, and two by Russian raids, while raids by government forces have killed at least one civilian.

The SOHR also reported that a rocket shelling was carried out by government forces, on Saturday, in several areas in southern Idlib, northern Lattakia and western Hama, only one day after several shells landed near where the Turkish forces are stationed, in the village of Kafr Hattat, in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Furthermore, it also revealed that the Russian planes concentrated their strikes on the headquarters of the jihadist groups in the western countryside of Idlib and northeast Latakia.

It is noteworthy that Idlib is home of about three million people, about half of whom are displaced, and it is controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra).

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