The Assad regime and Russian forces stepped up bombardment of Aleppo and Idlib provinces on Sunday, targeting public markets and civilian gatherings. Hundreds of civilians, a third of them children, were killed or injured in the airstrikes.
Activists said that over 60 people were killed in airstrikes by the Assad regime and Russian warplanes on at least 20 towns and villages in Idlib province. Five airstrikes targeted a public market and civilian homes in the town of Kafranbel on Sunday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
The opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called on the UN Security Council, friendly countries, and the international community to assume their responsibilities and work immediately to stop the bombing and massacres being committed by the Assad regime and its allies in Syria, particularly in Aleppo. The HNC also called for the unconditional delivery of humanitarian aid to civilian in need as well as for stopping the mass forced displacement which aims to bring about a demographic change in Syria.
Activists said that dozens more were killed in airstrikes on a vegetables market in the town of Maaret Alnouman, while 9 more civilians, including two women and three children, were killed in barrel bomb attacks on the town of Altmanah in rural Idlib. The airstrikes hit the outskirts of Idlib, the towns of Khan Sheikhoun, Jisr Alshughur, Sarqib, Sarmin, Mardikh, Heesh, Abideen, Kafarsajnah, Naqqir, Rakaya, Albsheiriya, and Hamidiya.
Activists in Aleppo said that the Assad regime and Russian jets hit 9 neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, killing and injuring dozens of civilians. The most violent airstrikes targeted the neighborhoods of Sukkari, Maghayer, Alfirdous as well as the town of Huraytan in rural Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)