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Idlib is a Disaster Stricken City | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and opposition websites, dozens of people were killed and wounded in the heaviest bombing on the city of Idlib since the beginning of the truce in Syria on the 27th of February. While the Russian Defence Ministry denied responsibility, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that Russian bombing targeted a mosque and a hospital in the region and called on the international community to act quickly against the crimes of the Russians and the Assad regime that he described as “unjustifiable”.

The Free Idlib Provincial Council declared the city as “an area afflicted with disaster” in light of the continuous and indiscriminate shelling that is targeting it at a time when the Jaish Al-Fatah group responded by bombing positions of the regime’s forces, Iranian militias and Hezbollah in the towns of Kefraya and Al-Fu’ah in the countryside of Idlib, that are under siege by opposition factions. Opposition sources reported that “Jaish Al-Fatah fighters targeted these sites with more than ten rockets which resulted in the outburst of flames in large parts of Al-Fu’ah and led to tens of people being killed and wounded”.

In a statement, the Free Idlib Provincial Council said that “We announce that the province of Idlib is a province afflicted with disaster after being targeted by more than 40 air strikes in 12 hours, and we hold the international community responsible for what is happening today and every day in the city. It added that northern Syria is being subjected to genocide at the hands of the regime and its allies – the Russians and the Iranians. The council also said that “hospitals and residential areas were targeted with cluster bombs and bombs that are prohibited internationally” on Monday and Tuesday.