A man says goodbye to a child killed by pro-Assad attack on Kafranbel, Idlib Province, Syria, February 12, 2019
Pro-Assad shelling continues on opposition-held Idlib Province in northwest Syria, despite the demilitarized zone declared by Russia and Turkey last September.
A child was killed in Kafranbel in the latest round of artillery shells and rockets on the area, home to more than 3 million people — an estimated 20% of the population remaining in the country.
Shelling was also reported early Tuesday of Khan Sheikhoun — the town hit by an Assad regime sarin attack in April 2017, killing about 90 people and wounding hundreds — Jarjanaz, and al-Tah in Idlib and Kafrzita in northern Hama Province.
Russia and Turkey agreed a 15- to 20-km wide and 100-km long demilitarized belt around Idlib and northern Hama last autumn. The accord suspended an imminent Russian-regime offensive to overrun the last major opposition area in Syria.
But pro-Assad forces have regularly attacked civilian sites around the periphery of the zone, killing and wounding scores of people.
A pro-opposition activist reported on Wednesday’s shelling:
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) February 12, 2019