المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

72 hours after massacres of helicopters and warplanes in the province and west of Aleppo, the regime forces shell towns in the southern countryside of Idlib and cause casualties

Idlib Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory monitored the renew of rocket shelling by the regime forces on areas in the southern countryside of Idlib, where the regime targeted by rocket shells this morning, Monday, the 13th of August 2018, places in the towns of Tahtaya and Tamanah which killed a child and injured 4 others with varying severity, where the renewed shelling in the area comes after 3 days of the massacres which were committed by warplanes and helicopters, where the Syrian Observatory documented on the 10th of August 2018, the death of 13 civilians, they were: 10 citizens including 1 child and 3 women were killed in Khan Shaykhun massacre, and 3 citizens including 2 children were killed in the aerial bombardment on al-Tah town.

The Syrian Observatory published on Saturday morning the 11th of August 2018 that cautious calm continues in 2 areas witnessed intense killing and aerial bombardment, which caused destruction, damage, and human casualties, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of calm after a bloody day, which witnessed shelling by about 115 raids and barrel bombs, carried out by Russian warplanes and helicopters of the regime, which caused considerable destruction after targeting Orem al-Kubra in the western sector of Aleppo, and the towns and cities of Khan Shaykhun, al-Tah, al-Tamanah, Sukayk, Tal Aas, Tahtaya, Om Jalal, and other areas in the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib, which caused tens of casualties and injuries and missing people, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 30 citizens, they are 18 citizens including a man, his wife and their 5 children killed in Orem al-Kubra massacre carried out by warplanes, 9 citizens including 1 child and 3 women were killed in Khan Shaykhun massacre, and 3 citizens including 2 children were killed in the aerial bombardment on al-Tah town, and the intense aerial bombardment in both areas caused more than 105 people to go missing and injured, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation, and due to the presence of missing people under the ruins of destruction whose fate is not known yet, also the shelling caused destruction and serious damage to the infrastructure and property of citizens.

this cautious calm which followed shelling by the regime forces, comes to restore the entire road of Latakia-Aleppo, Aleppo-Damascus, and opening the road to Aleppo-Gaziantep, in order to activate and facilitate the movement, also the cautious calm today comes in conjunction with entering a new shipment of cement blocks and prefabricated walls by Turkish forces, via the crossing between Turkey and Syria, where the Turkish Forces are using them to fortify their military points and surrounding them with blocks and cement walls, in caser of sudden attacks that may be targeting them and to increase the protection of their members, while the raids acme after the regime forces brought massive military reinforcements of forces and soldiers to the countryside of Hama, Idlib, and Latakia, in preparation for a military operation, this aerial bombardment comes less than a month after regime’s airstrikes by helicopters targeted areas in the western countryside of Jisr al-Shughur, at the beginning of the second of July 2018, following a violent attack by the Islamic factions on the regime forces in the northern Mountains of Latakia, adjacent to the western countryside of Idlib, and intersected sources suggested to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that these strikes on the southern sector of Idlib, and the return of the aerial bombardment to the area, were the beginning of a military operation by the regime forces and their allies of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities in Idlib Province, after an operation took place months ago during which they controlled tens of villages and towns in the southern countryside of Idlib with the support of Russian Forces, and reached the eastern countryside of Idlib and Abu al-Duhur airbase, before the Turkish Forces were deployed in several areas in Idlib province, the northern and northwestern countryside of Hama, and areas connected to the foothills of Latakia mountains.

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