UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
At least ten civilians have been killed and many injured after the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and Russia resumed air strikes on civilian settlements in Idlib despite a declared ceasefire.
According to the opposition flight observation observatory, Russian planes have attacked the Maarrat al-Numan district and the areas of Keferruma, Marshur, Deir Sharki, Masaran and Tel Mennis, while regime planes have bombed the center of Idlib and the Eriha district.
At least seven civilians were injured in the attack on a market in Eriha.
Meanwhile, ten civilians were killed by one of two regime bombardments in central Idlib.
The attacks were carried out despite a ceasefire announced by Russia and Turkey. The regime has previously violated the ceasefire through artillery attacks, but today’s attacks are the first post-ceasefire air strikes.
Russia had announced the implementation of the ceasefire by the afternoon of January 9, but ground attacks by the Iranian-backed regime and terrorist groups had continued.
Later, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed during the January 8th meeting in Istanbul that the ceasefire would begin at midnight on January 12th.
The situation in Idlib
During the May 2017 meeting of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan, Idlib was declared a de-escalation zone, where acts of aggression would be banned.
Turkey and Russia reached an additional agreement in September last year in Sochi in the wake of the Syrian regime’s ceasefire violation.
However, regime forces with the help of supporters have continued their attacks despite the deal. Since that date, over 1,600 civilians have lost their lives as a result of the attacks.
Russia, the regime and its backing terrorists targeting the Idlib have, since the beginning of 2019, caused the migration of some 1,300,000 civilians near the border with Turkey.
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