Syrian regime forces have committed a new massacre in Idlib countryside that claimed the lives of children and women, while the United Nations confirmed that many cities and villages in the area were leveled due to the continuous shelling as part of a military campaign against opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria.
The Syrian Civil Defense branch in the Idlib province affiliated to the Syrian opposition said 14 people were killed, including six children and two women, and 34 others were injured, including six children and 10 women, as a result of raids launched by the Syrian regime's warplanes on the city of Maaret al-Nu'man in Idlib countryside.
He said on his Facebook page that the raids dropped 12 vacuum rockets at once on a residential area of the city, adding that the bombing resulted in massive destruction.
The civil defense in Idlib published pictures of "white helmets" as they searched among the rubble of destroyed houses for trapped victims.
Also in Idlib countryside, three people, including a child, were killed and others were injured in Russian raids on towns including Maasran, al-Tmanea and Saraqeb, the source said.
For its part, the German Press Agency quoted a military commander in the National Liberation Front of the Free Syrian Army that the aircraft of the Syrian regime and Russian bombarded with vacuum missiles towns Maarsan, Tah and Maarsorain in the southeastern countryside of Idlib, in preparation for a military operation towards the city of Maaret al-Numan to complete control of the road between Hama And Aleppo.
The Syrian regime forces, with Russian support, recently took control of the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun in the northern countryside of Idlib. The so-called de-escalation agreement.
The Syrian regime forces say that the Turkish observation point in Mork is completely besieged, while Ankara denied this, stressing that it will maintain its observation points, some of which are within the range of fire by the Syrian regime forces.
In this regard, Reuters quoted local activists and a Turkish security source that air strikes targeted sites of the Syrian armed opposition in an area near another Turkish checkpoint in the village of Sher Maghar on the border between the provinces of Hama and Idlib.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, meanwhile, expressed concern about the latest developments in the air strikes in northwestern Syria.
Dujarric said satellite images showed cities and villages were leveled by the raids. He pointed to the continuation of air raids in Idlib, western Aleppo and northern Hama.
He pointed to the use of barrel bombs in the months-long raids, and said damage to hospitals, schools and civilian infrastructure, which led to the suspension of humanitarian relief operations.
The UN official confirmed that more than 550 civilians were killed during the military operation launched by the Syrian regime forces with Russian support since the end of April.
He said more than 400,000 people had been displaced in areas under military escalation, adding that large numbers were living outside the camps.
He also pointed out that three million people were affected by the current military campaign of the Syrian regime, pointing out that three quarters of them are women and children.
Less than two weeks ago, the Syrian Response Coordinators said that about a hundred towns and villages in rural Idlib and Hama were either completely destroyed or empty due to the continuous shelling by Syrian regime forces and Russia, and confirmed that the shelling destroyed more than 230 service facilities from hospitals and centers. Medical and Schools.