PHOTO: Rubble of bakery in Maarat al-Numan in northwest Syria, destroyed by Russian attack on Saturday
Amid Russia’s bombing of infrastructure in northwest Syria, the website Syria Direct reports on one of the latest effects — the loss of a bakery and drinking water serving tens of thousands of people in Idlib Province.
An airstrike on Maarat al-Num’an on Saturday destroyed an aid dispensary with a bakery that produced more than 300,000 pounds of bread per month and a well providing drinking water to about 50,000 people, local activists said.
Two people were killed in the attack, according to the director of the Qatari charity that operates the dispensary.
“The strike was definitely Russian, although the regime and their Russian allies both target civilian sites such as ovens and schools,” said Zacharia al-Haraki, the director of al-Dura al-Khair.
Russia has destroyed or damaged hospitals, mosques, bakeries, schools, and other civilian sites since the launch of its bombing campaign on September 30. The attacks have escalated since the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets near the Turkish-Syrian border last week.
Local Civil Defense member Radi Saad said, “The recent strikes have all hit civilian and infrastructure targets, there was no military presence in their vicinity.”