Regime Shelling Kills Child, Injures Others in Northern Homs

Houla region targeted by pro-government forces despite being covered under the Moscow-backed de-escalation deal, Enab Baladi reports

One child was killed and others were wounded in shelling targeting the Houla region in the northern countryside of Homs.

Enab Baladi’s correspondent in the northern Homs countryside said that artillery strikes hit the town of Kafr Laha in the Houla plains, killing a child and wounding others. The shelling continued until the time of this report’s preparation.

According to the correspondent, the two artillery shells were fired from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces deployed at the water department checkpoint and villages loyal to the regime in the Houla area.

The area has been part of the “de-escalation” zone agreement since August 2017, with Russian and Cairo’s sponsorship. The Assad regime has not stopped the bombardment which is considered a violation of the deal.

The de-escalation included a cease-fire as a basic item alongside reactivating civil affairs and bringing in aid.

However, other details of the de-escalation deal remain ambiguous, especially around the issue of prisoners which the opposition has called for urgently addressing.

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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