Syria Daily: Bombing of Idlib, Shelling of Daraa by Pro-Assad Forces

Rescuers help a victim of pro-Assad bombing of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib Province, Syria, May 6, 2018

Pro-Assad forces, fresh from recapture of territory across Syria, defied “de-escalation zones” with attacks both in the northwest and the south on Sunday.

In Idlib Province in northwest Syria, At least four civilians were killed and several injured in an airstrike on Jisr al-Shughour.

Pro-Assad forces have not pursued a ground offensive on Idlib, almost all of which has been held by the opposition since late January when they were redeployed to overrun East Ghouta near Damascus. However, regime and Russian airstrikes have continued, causing scores of casualties.

The attacks break de-escalation zones proclaimed by Russia, Iran, and Turkey last year and are being pursued despite a series of Turkish observation posts deployed around Idlib, northern Hama, and western Aleppo Provinces. The Assad regime has pledged to regain all of the province despite the Turkish military presence alongside rebels in the northwest.

Scenes from yesterday’s attacks:

In Daraa Province in the south, civilians and rescuers were wounded by rockets and shelling.

Daraa, where the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, is a likely target of the regime after the reoccupations of East Ghouta and northern Homs Province, with capitulation agreements and forced displacements. An offensive would set aside another Russian-proclaimed de-escalation zone and risk confrontation between Israel and any Iranian-led militia and Hezbollah fighters alongside regime units.

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A wounded rescuer says as he is being placed in an ambulance, “Thank God the rocket landed on us and not the civilians.”

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Hezbollah and pro-Assad politicians make gains in Lebanon’s election:

    “The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its allies scored significant gains in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Lebanon while the Western-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement sustained losses, according to preliminary and unofficial results published in Lebanese media Monday….. several hardcore pro-Assad politicians allied with Hezbollah also won seats in the new parliament.”

    • At least you referred to him as rebels rather than terrorists. A touch of honesty on your part, or a slip


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