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Jisr al-Shughour Endures Heavy Shelling as Dozens of Russian Airstrikes Pummel Idleb

Civilian homes and medical facilities face massive destruction from continued Russian raids on the rebel-held province, Al-Etihad reports
Jisr al-Shughour Endures Heavy Shelling as Dozens of Russian Airstrikes Pummel Idleb

For the sixth day in a row, Russian warplanes continued their bombardment of Idleb with dozens of airstrikes on the province's cities and towns in a scene which brings to mind the period of Idleb's blockade and the subsequent invasion of its eastern districts.

The bombardment, which is continuing on the city of Jisr al-Shughour, accelerated on the fourth day of the campaign, as the city was subjected since dawn to more than 15 airstrikes by Russian warplanes which hit civilian homes, service infrastructure and medical facilities.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the bombardment killed 32 militants and destroyed ammunition and explosives storehouses and armed vehicles in Idleb.

It said the strikes had killed five field commanders who had carried out an attack on Russian military police.

However, images published by local sources and Civil Defense centers revealed that all victims were civilians, including women and children.

Elsewhere, four children were killed by a regime helicopter's barrel bomb bombardment on the town of Al-Sanma in the province's northern countryside.

In addition, the cities and towns of Badana, Al-Ghasaniyah, Ashtabraq, Halouz, Al-Basheriyah, Yakubiyah and Al-Qaniyah were hit with heavy bombardment by Russian warplanes. No numbers of dead or wounded are available. Meanwhile, the Sham Hayat hospital in the city of Kafranbel in the southern countryside went out of service after it was also bombed.

Jisr al-Shughour was for the third day hit by heavy strikes with cluster and vacuum bombs, which killed 14 civilians, including five children, in addition to wounding dozens.

Helicopters carried out successive barrel bomb strikes on the town of Al-Najiyah in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour bordering Turkey. This is in addition to heavy bombardment which targeted the towns and cities of the southern countryside of Idleb and opposition positions in the northern countryside of Hama.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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