About 500,000 people have died in 10 years of war in Syria, experts say
Nine civilians, including seven children, were killed this Saturday by artillery fire by Syrian government forces in a town in the province of
Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria, according to an NGO.
The bombings also injured 15 people in various places in the Jabal Al Zawiya region, the official said.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a London-based NGO with sources across Syria.
The fatalities include five members of a family – a couple and their three children – in the town of Iblin, two boys in the town of Baliun and two girls in the town of Balshun, the OSDH said. A first balance spoke of eight deaths.
In Iblin, an AFP photographer saw the bodies of the family arrive at a dispensary, wrapped in blankets. A nurse confirmed that five members of a family died.
The balance of Saturday
It is one of the deadliest since the entry into force in March 2020 of a ceasefire – Negotiated by Russia, an ally of the regime, and Turkey, which supports the rebels – aimed at protecting that stronghold dominated by jihadists against an offensive by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Al Asad.
About 500,000 people have died in 10 years of war in Syria, according to the OSDH.
The conflict erupted in 2011 with the repression of pro-democracy demonstrations by Damascus and involved various regional actors and major powers. Millions of people have left their homes because of the war.