The regime of Bashar Al Assad, recently re-elected as head of Syria, has killed at least 12 people including fighters in Idleb, the last region outside the control of power, according to an NGO. It is one of the deadliest attacks since the ceasefire.
At least 12 people have been killed in Syrian regime bombings in Idleb, a region where rebel and jihadist militias are reclusive, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an organization based in Great Britain and which includes a large network observers.
According to the Observatory, a man, a woman, two children as well as 8 combatants were killed in the bombardments. The fighters are presumably members of the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (HTS) or allies.
A first strike targeted a civilian vehicle in southern Idlib, then a second missile was fired after HTS jihadists gathered around the location of the first attack, OSDH said.
These bombings by the Bashar regime come as a ceasefire is in force in the region. It was notably negotiated by Russia and Turkey in 2020 after other ceasefires fell through.
According to the HTS, this former branch of AL Qaida which controls half of the Idleb region, at least 3 of its members perished in this attack which would have made other civilian victims, onlookers who came to the site of the first attack before they get caught in the second.
The OSDH organization indicated that these were not the first strikes violating the ceasefire negotiated in March 2020. But it is one of the deadliest. Five days ago, other strikes targeted the Idlib region, signed by Bashar or by Russia itself.
More than three million people live in this region which still escapes the power of the Syrian regime. Two-thirds of the region’s population have been displaced to other regions recaptured by the regime.
Syria is struggling to rebuild itself after 10 years of war that left 500,000 dead, triggered by a social protest in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Since then, the country has become a fertile ground for sending and training fighters, militias, jihadists from all sides including the Islamic State, in addition to foreign powers.