Syria: NGO, gov. air raids, artillery strikes target Idlib
Intense government air raids and artillery strikes were reported on Wednesday morning in north-western Syria where Turkey exercises influence over local militias, most of whom are affiliated to al Qaida, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The UK-based monitoring group said that the raids occurred along the road between Hama and Aleppo that crosses the Idlib region out of the government’s control.
Over the past few weeks, the UN reported, over 7,000 civilians left their homes in the area following government air raids. In a statement released over the last few hours on the humanitarian emergency in Syria, the UN said that, between February 1 and February 21, 7,033 women, children and men abandoned their homes in the district of Khan Shaykhun, which was heavily bombarded by government forces.