The regime forces hold their points northwest of Khan Shaykhun and try to expand northward to monitor Damascus – Aleppo international road, as airstrikes continue in the southern countryside of Idlib
Clashes and heavy air and ground bombardment continue at a high pace in areas at the southern countryside of Idlib since midnight of yesterday until now, where violent clashes are taking place between the rebel and Islamic factions and the jihadi groups against the regime forces and militias loyal to them with Russian support, attempting to achieve more advancement in Khan Shaykhun, after the regime forces managed to hold their points at the northwestern outskirts of Khan Shaykhun and their attempts to expand northward to monitor Damascus – Aleppo international road.
While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of a citizen and the injury of several others in airstrikes after midnight of yesterday which targeted Maarrat al-Nu’man city in the southern countryside of Idlib, and in the same context, Russian warplanes carried out about 28 raids on Hish, Maarrat al-Nu’man, and Deir Sharqi in the southern countryside of Idlib, and Kabani area in Latakia countryside, while regime’s warplanes carried out about 18 raids on Hish, Maarrat al-Nu’man, Khan Shaykhun, and al-Tamanah in the southern countryside of Idlib, and the towns of al-Lataminah, and Kafr Zita in the northern countryside of Hama, while regime’s helicopters dropped more than 22 barrel bombs on areas in the southern countryside of Idlib, in addition to launched tens of shells and missiles targeting the clash areas in the northern countryside of Latakia, the southern countryside of Idlib, and the northern countryside of Hama.
And with the fall of more casualties, it rose to at least 3593, 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, until the 18th of August 2019, and they are: 945 civilians including 237 children and 172 citizen women, and they are 199 including 41 children and 41 women, and 7 of the civil defense and 5 of the ambulance team were killed in Russian aerial bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama, and 69 including 15 women and 10 children were killed in the fall of barrel bombs, and 491 including 140 children, 82 women, and 4 members of the rescue teams were killed in targeting by regime’s warplanes, also 107 people including 20 women and 20 children were killed in a ground shelling carried out by the regime forces, and 79 citizens including 26 children and 13 women were killed in shelling by the factions on al-Suqaylabiyah, Qamhana, Al-Rasif, Al-Aziziyah, Karnaz, Jurin, Al-Nairab Camp, neighborhoods in Aleppo city and its southern countryside, while at least 1419 fighters were killed in the Russian airstrikes and the regime’s aerial and ground shelling including 919 of the Jihadis, in addition to killing of 1228 members of the regime forces in targeting and shelling by jihadi groups and factions.
And during the period between the 15th of February 2019; the date of the meeting of “Rouhani – Erdogan – Putin” until the 18th of August 2019, and Syrian Observatory documented the death of 4122 people in the Russian – Turkish truce areas, they are 1232 civilians including 319 children under the age of eighteen and 236 women 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 105 people including 31 children under the age of eighteen and 17 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 1505 fighters were killed in different conditions within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 964 fighters of the “Jihadis” and 1385 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 4352 people in areas of Erdogan – Putin agreement, they are: 1315 civilians including 348 children and 250 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 106 people including 31 children and 16 women, were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 1572 fighters were killed in deferent circumstances within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 1066 of the “Jihadi” fighters, and 1465 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.
Link of a high resolution map shows the distribution of powers and influence, and the development of military situations in both Hama and Idlib countryside