White Helmets retrieve a victim from Assad regime shelling of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib Province, Syria, February 16, 2019

Fareed is a citizen journalist in the city of Ma’arat al-Num’an in Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

This is his first-hand account of life under bombardment, amid shelling by Assad regime forces which has killed at least 22 civilians in Idlib Province since Friday:

Syria Daily, Feb 17: 22+ Killed by Assad Regime Shelling of Idlib Province, Including on Khan Sheikhoun

Since the morning, Assad’s forces have started shelling cluster bombs on the southern Idlib countryside.

The first city was Khan Sheikhoun. [Then] at 1:20 the shelling began on the city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man.

When the first rocket landed on my city, I was very afraid. My heart almost stopped from fear
People started running down the streets to hide from the shelling.

My sisters and children in school — I was very afraid for them.

The ambulance began to rush to the bombing sites to save children and civilians. I went to the bombing site to document and photograph the location of the shelling.

When I was there, an observer said there is a rocket in the sky. I ran and ran awa.

The rocket landed 500 meters away from me. My legs no longer carry me with fear.

Finally I went to my workplace and took a break. There were many dead and wounded civilians and children.
We were afraid of cluster bombs falling on us.

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Now I am very tired. Today was very difficult from the severity of the bombing. I’m going to sleep for comfort.

Please everyone pray for us.