UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Nine civilians were killed Sunday in Syrian and Russian air raids on northwest Syria, mostly under the control of jihadi factions, which have been under almost daily bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally for three months, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Since the end of April, the province of Idlib and its adjacent areas in the governorates of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia have witnessed an escalation in Syrian and Russian bombardments almost daily.
And targeted air strikes and artillery shelling on Sunday several areas in Idlib and Hama, killing nine civilians, according to the observatory.
The Observatory said that five of the victims were killed by air strikes launched by the regime on residential areas in the city of Jericho in the province of Idlib, the day after the day witnessed by the city.
A civilian was also killed in a bombardment on the outskirts of the town, and another in a land bomb southeast of Idlib.
The Russian raids on agricultural areas in the north of the neighboring province of Hama killed two women according to the observatory.
The Idlib (northwestern) province, which has a population of about three million, controls the Sham Liberation Organization (formerly Nasra Front) and other less powerful factions.
Three months ago, more than 750 civilians, including more than 190 children, were killed by the Syrian and Russian bombardments, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The number of children killed in Idlib over the past four months exceeds the total figure for 2018, according to Save the Children.
The violence has displaced more than 400,000 people since April, according to the United Nations.
The recent escalation comes despite the fact that the region was covered by a Russian-Turkish agreement reached in Sochi in September 2018, which provided for the establishment of a demilitarized zone between the forces of the regime and the factions, and was not completed.
The area was relatively quiet after the signing of the agreement, but since February the regime’s forces have stepped up their bombing before Russian planes later join.
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