Men dig through rubble after shelling by pro-Assad forces on Jarjanaz, Idlib Province, November 2, 2018

Challenging the demilitarized zone set up by Russia and Turkey, pro-Assad forces have shelled the town of Jarjanaz in Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

Local sources and White Helmets civil defense said at least eight people were killed, the highest daily toll since the zone was announced on September 17. Jarjanaz is on the inner edge of the 15 to 20-km wide and 100-km long zone around Idlib and northern Hama Provinces.

Seven people were slain by shelling on October 26 in another area of Idlib, as the Assad regime continues to test the zone with objections and pledges to regain control.

The September 17 agreement between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suspended a Russian-regime offensive to overrun the area, the last major opposition territory in Syria. An estimated 3 million people live in Idlib and northern Hama.