Two people have been killed by Russian jet cities in Syria's Idlib

Two people have been killed by Russian jet cities in Syria's Idlib

Supporters and activists say that after the relatively calm, Russian airstrikes targeted villages in southern Idlib.


At least two civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Russian military jets in several villages in Idlib province, northwest of Syria, activists and support groups said.

The attacks took place on Monday, three months before the Turkish and Russian ceasefire, which helped prevent a major conflict in Syria's last insurgent enclave.

The airstrikes were carried out in towns bordering neighboring Hama province, Jabal al-Zawiya, South Idlib, and Sahel al-Ghab.

Syrian civil security member Waleed Aslan - also known as the White Helmets, a volunteer search and rescue group operating in Syrian rebels' occupied areas - has been killed by two men because their houses were involved in the attacks.

"Two people have been killed and three injured so far in the city of al-Mouzra," Aslah told Al Jazeera of the city of Ariha.

He said men, women, and children were fleeing north from their homes in Jabal al-Zawiya, fearing further airstrikes.

An opposition activist in the area, Obaida Dandas, confirmed the two deaths and said at least 12 towns were targeted as civilians fled.

Dandas al-Jazeera so far has had two civilian deaths and several injuries, including two deaths by Mustafa al-Hansho, 30, and Hussein al-Aboud, 38.

Neither Syria's government nor Russian officials immediately commented.

Escape to safety
The agreement, which was negotiated by opposition backer Turkey and Syria's government ally Russia in March, blocked three months of air and land operations.
This caused the most elimination crisis in Syria's 10th year. Many people had to flee as they sought refuge in previously crowded camps near the closed border with Turkey.

Some have returned to their homes in the past three months, many near the Turkish border.

According to Aslan, the families who fled to the border on Monday are running for the second time this year.

Home to about three million people, the Idlib region in the northwest is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former al-Qaeda ally and other rebel groups.

Russia has recently stated the presence of HTS for the occupied territories in Idlib, Syria.

Last week, no one was hurt despite Russian airstrikes targeting Sahil al-Ghab.

At the time, the attacks were intended to push opposition fighters off the main M4 highway in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a United Kingdom war watchdog, where Turkish and Russian troops often conduct joint patrolling. . As part of the negotiation agreement.

He said the government and the Russian military intended to push HTS and its allies away from the Sahel al-Ghab region.

Russian intervention, which took over a fifth of the country five years ago, has helped the government regain control of more than 70 percent of Syria.

In the northwest, HTS and its allies control parts of the Idlib province and territories in neighboring Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.

In recent years, Moscow and Ankara have become major power-brokers in Syria, and since 2011 the civil war has raged.

The war in Syria has killed millions and displaced millions.

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