Regime bombardment kills 12 civilians in northwest Syria
Bombardments by government forces and their Russian allies on Sunday killed 12 civilians, including three children, in an opposition bastion in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.
Moscow and the Syrian army justify their assault by the presence of Al-Qaeda linked militants in the province.
Russia, Syria’s main ally, and Turkey, which has backed anti-government rebels in the eight-year civil war, last year co-sponsored a de-escalation agreement for the area in northwest Syria.
Dozens of villages and towns are in ruins.
Russian Federation and the Syrian government have always denied targeting civilians, and have accused the White Helmets of aiding militant groups.
At least 300,000 people have been forced from their homes.
Seven civilians, including a young girl, were killed in regime artillery fire and air strikes in the north of Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“Whole villages and towns have been emptied”, said Idlib-based Civil Defence spokesman Ahmad al Sheikho, saying it was the most destructive campaign against Idlib province since it completely fell to the opposition in the middle of 2015.
Since the end of April, 30 of them have been bombed. “Let’s call this by what it is, a war crime”, Dr. Khaula Sawah, vice president of the US -based Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, which provides aid in the northwest, said in a statement.
Cutts said three weeks ago two ambulances were hit in southern Idlib by Russian and Syrian government airstrikes and three rescue workers were killed while transporting an injured woman, who also died in the ambulance bombing.
“The attacks happened despite the fact that the coordinates of this hospital had previously been shared with the parties to the conflict in a deliberate, carefully planned effort to prevent any attacks on it”, an United Nations official said on Friday.