Russia and the Assad regime air forces have expanded their bombing campaign on civilian areas, targeting new areas in Aleppo and Hama provinces. The bombings claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, including many children and women.
Local activists said that 20 civilians were killed and 30 others wounded in airstrikes by the Russian forces and artillery shelling by regime forces on the villages and towns of southern rural Aleppo on Thursday. The most violent shelling targeted the villages of Musheirfa and Jizraya in southern rural Aleppo.
Russian forces used cluster bombs in the airstrikes on the villages of Umm al-Karamil, Ziyara, Tal Alloush, and Zamar in southern rural Aleppo.
Activists in Idlib province pointed out that the airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks continued unabated on the town of Sarqib, forcing the majority of the town’s residents to flee their homes. At least six civilians, including two volunteers with the Syrian Civil Defense, were killed in the airstrikes on Saraqib.
Similar attacks targeted the town of Kfranbouda in rural Hama, killing eight civilians and wounding many others.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Syrian Coalition said that the Russian occupation and regime forces continue pursue policies aimed at killing and the displacement of the Syrian people.
“In addition to the continued killing and escalation, the bombing campaign is also causing massive destruction, chaos, and forced displacement of civilians. These atrocious crimes have time and again demonstrated that the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies know only how to kill and commit crimes and that every initiative on the political level is nothing but a media hype aimed at gaining more time,” the Coalition added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)