The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Rocket attacks | Regime forces fire several rockets on Ariha, injuring many, mostly children

Idlib province: SOHR activists have reported that regime forces fired nearly 15 rockets on Ariha city in Idlib countryside, injuring five people, including four children, some of whom sustained serious injuries.


SOHR activists have just documented the death of a child affected by the injury she had in regime artillery fire on Balshoun village in Jabal al-Zawiyah in southern Idlib. Accordingly, the number of fatalities in today’s massacre reached nine, and they were seven children, a woman and a man all killed in artillery fire by regime forces on different areas in Jabal al-Zawiyah in the southern countryside of Idlib. The breakdown of fatalities was as follows:


·       Balyoun town: two children.


·       Iblin town: a family of five people (the father, the mother and their three children).


·       Balshoun village: two little girls.


The regime’s bombardment on these areas also left 16 other civilians injured.


A few hours earlier, SOHR sources said that Russian jets executed two strikes, targeting al-Rouj al-Shamali station which contained ten pumps which nearly 3,500 hectares of farmlands depended on for irrigation. The Russian jets also fired three missiles on the civil defence centre in Sheikh Youssef, putting it out of service. However, no casualties were reported.


SOHR sources documented earlier this morning four strikes by a Russian fighter jet on Sheikh Youssef area on the western outskirts of Idlib city.


The Russian airstrikes coincided with flight by another Russian jet over the “de-escalation zone”.