Shelling in Syria’s Idlib kills seven civilians

Military escalation has stepped up since Bashar al-Assad was controversially sworn in for a new term last week.

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Artillery shelling conducted by forces of the al-Assad regime took place on early Thursday in Iblin village, south of Idlib, with ground-to-ground weapons. According to a statement for the White Helmets, at least seven civilians were killed and three others were wounded.

Al Jazeera reported seven members belonging to the same family were killed. Four children and a woman were among those killed in the attack, as their bodies were discovered under the rubble of a destroyed house. The injured were taken to local hospitals. A local observatory said aircrafts allegedly belonging to Russia conducted an airstrike on the southern villages of al-Bara, Ehsim, and Mareian.

The ceasefire agreement brokered by Turkey and Russia in March 2020 is consistently violated by the al-Assad regime. It is claimed that forces of the al-Assad regime stepped up their bombing of the northwestern region of Idlib since Bashar al-Assad controversially took a unilateral oath of office for a new term last Saturday. The oath came following a highly debated presidential election regarded by most of the international community as illegitimate.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the killing of 21 people, including 11 children and six women, in government attacks since Saturday.

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