المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Taking advantage of the displacement of its people due to military operations; locusts of “the motherland Army” loots the areas it controlled in Hama countryside, and tens of land air strikes target al-Hbit and Qassabiyyeh south of Idlib

The helicopters dropped barrel bombs this morning on al-Hbit town in the southern countryside of Idlib, in conjunction with regime’s heavy machine-gun targeting of places in the town, while the Russian warplanes carried out several raids after midnight of yesterday on places in the towns of al-Hbit and Qassabiyyeh in the southern countryside of Idlib, also places in both towns have been under intensive ground shelling with tens of rocket and artillery shells since midnight of yesterday until the moment, in the same context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the regime forces withdrew during the last few hours from al-Sharia, Tal Hawash, and Sheikh Idris, also the village of Bab al-Taqa is witnessing exchange of control between the regime forces and factions, due to the exchange of firearm control of the village, while the regime forces still control Qal’aat al-Madiq, al-Karakat, al-Twyna, Kafr Nabudah, al-Bana and Tal Osman in the northern and northwestern countryside of Hama.

In the same context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a large-scale looting operation by the regime forces, supported by their loyal gunmen within the areas they controlled over the past few days, where as soon as the regime forces control an area; the first thing of their priorities becomes the looting process, where they stole the property of citizens who have been displaced from their areas by the military operations in Sahl al-Ghab, Jabal Shashabo, and north of Hama, and neither houses nor shops were spared in this looting, as they broke the shops and stole all their contents as well as the contents of the houses, like furniture, electronics, and other things, where locusts of the “Homeland Army” appeared in videos while they were practicing the hobby of looting in Qal’aat al-Madiq and other areas they controlled within Hama countryside, as a part of the continuation of taking civilian property as a tax for “liberating” their areas, which -once again- reignites popular discontent due to the continued violations by the “Homeland Army” of its practices without any deterrent.

And between the 30th of April 2019 and today, Tuesday the 9th of May, the Syrian observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 96 civilians including 13 children and 26 citizen women, where 29 of them including 5 female children and 8 women, another woman and two of her children, were killed in Russian aerial bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama, and 21 including 7 women and a child girl were killed in the fall of barrel bombs, and 29 including 6 women, 5 children, and a member of the rescue teams were killed in targeting by regime’s warplanes, also 16 people including 4 women were killed in a ground shelling carried out by the regime forces, and a civilian was killed in shelling by the factions of al-Suqaylabiyah, while at least 72 of the jihadi groups were killed in the Russian airstrikes and the regime’s shelling, in addition to the killing of 58 members of the regime forces in targeting and shelling by jihadi groups and factions.

And with the fall of more casualties, the death toll rises in the heaviest continuous escalation on its 19th day, to 378 persons in the period since the morning of the 20th of April 2019, until the 8th of May 2019, they are 145 civilians including 26 children and 35 women, were killed in the Russian air bombardment and regime forces’ shelling on areas in Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib, including 5 civilians casualties were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions on Aleppo city, al-Hadir town south of Aleppo, al-Khandeq village, and al-Suqaylabiyah town in Hama countryside, and 19 people were killed in the explosion of a truck loaded with high-explosive materials owned by the jihadi groups in Jisr al-Shughur city west of Idlib, and 90 of the jihadi groups and the factions were killed in attacks and clashes against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, and 124 of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them were killed in attacks by the jihadi groups on several areas of the demilitarized area.

And during the period between the 15th of February 2019 and the 8th of May 2019, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 754 people in the Russian – Turkish truce areas, they are 383 civilians including 96 children under the age of eighteen and 93 woman over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the Russian aerial bombardment and the rocket shelling by the regime forces and the factions, and among the death toll of civilians there are 29 people including 6 children under the age of eighteen and 5 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 158 fighters were killed in different conditions within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 93 fighters of the “jihadis” and 213 of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented since the start of the Russian – Turkish truce the death of 984 people in areas of Erdogan – Putin agreement, they are: 464 civilians including 128 children and 105 women, were killed in shelling by the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them, targeting, and bombardment by warplanes, and among them there are 32 people including 6 children and 5 women, were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 225 fighters were killed in deferent circumstances within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 108 of the “Jihadi” fighters and 23 fighters of Jaysh al-Izza, who were killed in ambushes and clashes including a commander at least, they were killed in ambushes and attack by the regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama, and 295 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

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