Over 22 civilians have been killed, in two days, in air strikes by the regime and its Russian ally, targeting provinces in a “de-escalation zone”, in northwestern Syria, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) said on Thursday.
The raids, in the border area between the provinces of Idleb and Hama, were launched in response to an attack begun, Tuesday, by jihadists against forces of Bashar al-Assad regime.
Idleb and part of the neighboring province of Hama are part of one of the four de-escalation zones defined in May by Russia and Iran – allies of the Damascus regime – and by Turkey – rebel support – to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, ravaged by six years of war. Calm had prevailed since then in Idleb.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH) has reported dozens of air raids conducted since dawn on Tuesday. “The Russian and regime planes almost never leave the sky in Idleb and Hama,” he said.