A child killed by pro-Assad bombing of Idlib Province, Syria, June 10, 2019
Russian and Assad regime bombing killed at least 27 more civilians in northwest Syria on Monday.
The attacks followed a relative lull of a few days in the strikes on civilian site across Idlib Province, adjacent to the Russian-regime offensive in neighboring northwest Hama Province since May 6.
Residents and White Helmets civil defense said Russian Su-24 jets, used by the regime air force, killed 13 people in the village of Jabala in southern Idlib. The victims included women and children.
Russian-made jets also attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun and several villages, including Kfar Batikh, killing another 12 people.
The assault continued overnight.
2) 27 civilians were killed today, June 10/19, among them 8 children and 6 women. Most of the victims were killed in #Jabalah village in the southern countryside of #Idlib, where 12 people were killed by air strikes via regime aircraft which targeted the village this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/CnO3TPpaHb
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 11, 2019
12 people were killed, including 5 children and 3 women, and several families buried under the rubble of their houses, in a vicious massacre carried out by the regime's warplanes in #Jabala Town in southern #Idlib this evening. #Syria pic.twitter.com/jhVoWLPQ8c
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 10, 2019
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) June 10, 2019
At least 325 civilians — most of them women and children — have been slain and hundreds wounded since April 28. More have been displaced, bringing the total to more than 300,000 since last autumn despite a “demilitarized zone” declared by Russia and Turkey. ALmost 30 medical facilities have been attacked, and crops have been bombed to cut off food supply to the estimated 3 million people — about 20% of Syria’s remaining population — in Idlib and northern Hama.
Despite the assault to break civilian will and destroy infrastructure, the Russian-regime offensive has stalled in northwest Hama. The assault initially seized several towns, but was soon held up by the counter-attacks.
Last Thursday, rebels and the Islamist bloc Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham launched another counter-attack, seizing some of the territory lost in early May.