SOHR: Government Missile Attack Kills 9 Insurgents in North Syria
Syrian forces on Wednesday launched a missile strike on a vehicle carrying members of a Turkish-backed armed opposition faction in a rebel-held part of the country’s north, activists from Syria said. opposition, and nine gunmen were killed.
The attack happened just south of the northern city of Afrin, which is under the control of Turkish-backed opposition fighters, the activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, and opposition news Orient said the nine fighters killed belonged to the Failaq al-Sham group.
Orient reported that the attack on the bus occurred as Failaq al-Sham operatives headed to the front lines to replace their comrades.
Syrian government forces now control much of Syria with the help of President Bashar Assad’s main backers, Russia and Iran. The conflict that erupted in March 2011 killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced half of the country’s 23 million pre-war inhabitants.
Frontlines have seen sporadic shelling since the end of a Russian-backed government offensive in March 2020 following a truce by the Russian and Turkish presidents who back rival sides in the Syrian conflict.
On Tuesday, the United Nations said the first 10 years of the conflict in Syria had killed more than 306,887 civilians – the highest official estimate to date of conflict-related civilian deaths in the country.
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Figures published by the UN do not include soldiers and insurgents killed in the conflict. Their number is believed to be in the tens of thousands.