Russian warplanes destroy tens of buildings and force hundreds of families to flee due to intense bombing on Saraqeb • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Russian warplanes destroy tens of buildings and force hundreds of families to flee due to intense bombing on Saraqeb

The town of Saraqeb and areas in its surroundings at the eastern countryside of Idlib are still witnessing since the first of August intensified shelling by Russian warplanes, after the crash of the Russian helicopter in the countryside of town, killing its crew of five Russian soldiers and pilots, where Russian warplanes intensified the airstrikes immediately after the crash and completed the intensive airstrikes on the town, its vicinity and countryside until the 8th of August 2016.

The activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored great displacement movement of hundreds of families in the town of Saraqeb and its surroundings, to the cities, towns and villages nearby, in an attempt save themselves from warplanes’ airstrikes that targeted the town and other nearby places in the eastern countryside of Idlib with more than 105 airstrikes caused destruction in tens of homes, several schools, public facilities and the institutions of electricity and water and medical points, the airstrikes also left four casualties at least including a child, and about 70 wounded, including more than 20 people suffered from suffocation, when helicopters dropped barrel bomb on the outskirts of town, local sources said it contains chlorine gas which caused suffocation.

We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights demand the active international parties to stop the Russian from targeting civilians, in retaliation for the soldiers killed in the helicopter crash near the town of Saraqeb in the eastern countryside of Idlib, we also ask the humanitarian organizations to send humanitarian aid to the hundreds of families who were displaced from the area as a result of the intensified airstrikes that targeted the town since the beginning of this month until today.