Assad barrel bombs claim lives of 60 civilians in Idlib

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Members of the opposition-linked civil defense trying to pull victims of an explosion caused by barrel bombs launched by pro-Assad warplanes in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Syrian air forces committed what activists described as “massacre” against civilians in the countryside of the rebel-held province of Idlib, locals reported on Monday.

Pro-Assad warplanes hit a village near Jisr al-Shugour and the town of Taftanaz in the countryside of Idlib, causing the death of at least 60 civilians and the injury of dozens others.

Most of the injured are reportedly in critical conditions amid lack of medical staff, which may lead to an increase in the death tolls. 

Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, media activist Mustafa Suleiman said that more than 50 people were killed and dozens others wounded in al-Janudiyah village near Jisr ash-Shughur city, after pro-Assad helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on the area.

“In a similar attack with barrel bombs, more than 13 civilians were killed in the town of Taftanaz,” Suleiman added.

The same source pointed out that these “barbaric raids” came in response to the recent “victories” achieved by the Army of al-Fatih (an extended umbrella for Syrian rebels) in Idlib, Ariha and Jisr ash-Shughur, accompanied with “tactical withdrawals” by pro-Assad forces.

“The pro-regime forces redeployed fighters in other locations such as Sahl al-Ghab, separating the coastal region from opposition-held Idlib,” the source told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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