The Assad and Russian forces have escalated their airstrikes in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria, especially in Idlib and its countryside. The airstrikes have killed and injured dozens of civilians as well as knocked out six vital civilian centers since Thursday morning.
The Syrian Civil Defense said that four airstrikes hit the town of Ma'aret al-Nu'man in rural Idlib on Friday, killing two children and injuring seven civilians, including three children.
An Assad regime jet dropped four bombs on Al-Qusour neighborhood in the city of Idlib on Friday morning, causing civilian casualties. The civil defense teams said that they were working to extinguish the fires caused by the airstrike.
The Assad regime and Russian jets on Thursday carried out deadly airstrikes against the town of Jisr al-Shughour in rural Idlib, killing six civilians, including a child and injuring nine other.
The Civil Defense said that at least 14 airstrikes hit its centers in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The local news outlet Inab Baladi said that the airstrikes knocked out six healthcare facilities and services centers in Idlib province on Thursday.
The newspaper quoted its correspondent in the province as saying that the centers included healthcare facilities, a civil defense center and a school. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) on Thursday said that an airstrike hit the hospital in Maaret al-Nu'man while more than 250 people were inside, including patients, medical staff, and 48 infants and newborn babies in the hospital.
The Syrian Coalition called upon the United Nations to condemn the Assad regime attacks against civilians in Idlib, calling for serious action to stop the bombing and ensure the protection of civilians.
The Coalition described the targeting of civilians as a "criminal act" as it stressed the need to activate the principle of accountability and transitional justice as well as to tighten the economic and legal sanctions on the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition hailed the steadfastness of the Free Syrian Army fighters in the face of the military operations being launched by the Assad regime and Russia since April 26. It stressed that the stiff resistance being put up by the FSA has a major role in the political solution and the course of the revolution as well as in meeting the Syrian people's demands for freedom and dignity.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the Free Syrian Army fighters made new achievement on the ground by preventing the Assad regime's forces and their allied terrorist militias from achieving any progress in northern rural Hama.
“The FSA fighters have proved their ability to impose a firm deterring equation in the face of the strategy of the bloody solution being pursued by the Assad regime and its allies and the other parties seeking to break the will of the Syrian people,” the Coalition said.
“The FSA groups have reinforced their positions in the strategic Hammamyat hilltop in northwestern rural Hama. Over the past few hours, they have fended off multiple counterattacks by the Assad regime and the Iranian militias to recapture the hill using various types of weaponry. They have also inflicted heavy losses on the attacking forces.”
The Coalition stressed the important role of the FSA which is not limited to protecting civilians and preventing the regime and its allies from achieving their plans.
“The FSA role goes beyond that to have a real impact on the course of the revolution, especially with regards to reasserting the need for a political solution as the only way forward.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)