Children among 21 civilians killed, 82 injured by two Assad massacres in Idlib

2020-01-16 07:48:00

Assad warplanes and helicopters intensified bombardment on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Idlib countryside on Wednesday (January 15), killing 21 civilians, including three children and injuring 82 others, including 19 children, violating a ceasefire announced by Russia and Turkish Defense Ministry on the 9th and 12th of January, Orient correspondent said.  

The warplanes and helicopters launched several airstrikes on the vegetable market (Suq al-Hal) and the industrial area in Idlib city center, killing 19 civilians, including two children and a White Helmets volunteer and injuring 68 others, including 19 children and four women and a White Helmets volunteer.

Meanwhile, the warplanes bombed the main market in Ariha town, injuring seven civilians.

The warplanes also killed a man in Hass town.

White Helmets volunteers worked hard to rescue civilians from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the aftermath of the airstrikes.

A girl also died on Wednesday of her wounds sustained in an Assad warplanes bombardment on Idlib city on the 11th of January, raising the number of civilian casualties in Saturday’s three Assad massacres to 22, including 11 children.

Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday announced a ceasefire, taking effect in the region at 02.00 p.m. local time (1200GMT).

On Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced that Turkey and Russia had agreed on a cease-fire in Idlib set to start at midnight on Jan. 12.

On Monday, Assad regime's militias shelled Maarat al-Nuaman city in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Idlib countryside, killing a civilian and injuring three others. 

On Saturday, Assad warplanes and helicopters intensified bombardment on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Idlib province, killing 22 civilians, including 11 children and injuring 97 others, including 32 children and 25 women.  

The Syrian Network for Human Rights SNHR documented in its report released on (January 1) 43 massacres committed by Assad regime's militias and 22 massacres committed by Russian forces in 2019.

The report documented the deaths of 3,364 civilians in 2019, including 842 children and 486 women at the hands of the perpetrator parties to the conflict in Syria, including 234 in December.