المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Putin – Erdogan” demilitarized area witnesses the return of cautious and relative calm hours after hundreds of air and ground strikes

The “de-escalation” area is witnessing a cautious calm in terms of military operations, where the ground shelling has stopped after the aerial bombardment stopped this morning, while Kabani area in Jabal al-Akrad is witnessing occasional targeting operations using heavy and medium machineguns, between the Jihadi groups and factions against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, and information about casualties in the ranks of both parties, and the Syrian Observatory published before this noon that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the return of relative and cautious calm to the demilitarized area of “Putin – Erdogan”, amid stop of the aerial and ground bombardment and shelling all over the “de-escalation” area, while the clashes continue at a varying degree of violence in Kabani area in Jabal al-Akrad, between the jihadist groups and factions against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, accompanied by occasional exchange of targeting and shelling, and in the same context, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 7 fighters of the jihadi groups and factions, they were killed in the violent clashes that took place this morning against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them in areas at the northern countryside of Hama, amid confirmed information about casualties in the ranks of the regime forces.

And with the fall of more casualties, it rose to at least 510, the number of people who were killed since the 30th of April 2019, the date of start of the most violent escalation in terms of aerial and ground bombardment, shelling, and targeting since Putin – Erdogan agreement, and they are: 180 civilians including 38 children and 41 citizen women, and they are 44 including 13 children and 12 women, another woman and two of her children, were killed in Russian aerial bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama, and 25 including 7 women and a child girl were killed in the fall of barrel bombs, and 55 including 12 women, 11 children, and a member of the rescue teams were killed in targeting by regime’s warplanes, also 35 people including 6 women and 2 children were killed in a ground shelling carried out by the regime forces, and 21 citizens including 10 children and 3 women were killed in shelling by the factions on al-Suqaylabiyah, while at least 176 of the jihadi groups were killed in the Russian airstrikes and the regime’s shelling, in addition to the killing of 154 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 30th day, to 663 people in the period since the morning of the 20th of April 2019, until the 20th of May 2019, they are 230 civilians including 51 children and 52 women, were killed in the Russian air bombardment and regime forces’ shelling on areas in Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib, including 25 civilians casualties including 10 children and 4 citizen women 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 194 of the jihadi groups and the factions were killed in attacks and clashes against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, and 220 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; the date of the meeting of “Rouhani – Erdogan – Putin” until today, the 20th  of May 2019, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 1039 people in the Russian – Turkish truce areas, they are 468 civilians including 121 children under the age of eighteen and 110 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 49 people including 16 children under the age of eighteen and 9 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 262 fighters were killed in different conditions within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 163 fighters of the “Jihadis” and 309 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 1269 people in areas of Erdogan – Putin agreement, they are: 549 civilians including 153 children and 122 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 52 people including 16 children and 8 women, were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 329 fighters were killed in deferent circumstances within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 178 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 391 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

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