A house destroyed by Russian bombing in Idlib Province in northwest Syria, August 5, 2023

Russia’s warplanes have killed three members of a family and injured six other civilians in Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

The airstrikes attacked farms, buildings, and homes on the road between Idlib city and Ain Sheeb. The three fatalities were a husband, wife, and their son.

In March 2020, a Russian-Turkish agreement ended an 11-month offensive by Moscow and the Assad regime which seized part of Idlib Province and all of neighboring northern Hama Province.

However, the Russians have carried out regular airstrikes on the opposition-held areas of Idlib and Aleppo Provinces since then.

On June 25, Russian bombing of a crowded vegetable market in Jisr al-Shughour, in northwest Idlib, killed nine civilians and injured 61.

More than 4 million people, many of them displaced from other areas of Syria, live in the opposition parts of Idlib and Aleppo Provinces.

Last month, a Russian veto in the UN Security Council closed the last remaining crossing for UN humanitarian aid between Turkey and northwest Syria.

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