Local activists in rural Idlib said that intense bombings by the Assad regime and Russian forces are causing massive destruction to residential buildings, forcing residents to flee and turning many towns and villages into “disaster areas.”
The local council in the town of Maaret Hurma in southern rural Idlib on Thursday said that the bombings have destroyed about 80 percent of the civilian homes in the village.
Speaking to Smart news network, the head the local council in the town, Zia Haj Ahmed, said that the bombings have destroyed civilian homes, shops, schools and public facilities.
Haji Ahmed said that the Russian and Assad regime airstrikes destroyed the only clinic in the town, adding that out of a population of 30,000 people, about 22,000 have fled as a result of the bombings.
The local council in the town of Hazzarin said that the bombardment has destroyed more than 25 percent of the town, pointing out that 13 percent of the civilian homes were completely destroyed.
Head of the local council in the town, Nader al-Bassam, said that the Assad regime and Russian bombardment destroyed at least 25 shops in the town and caused damage to the only operating medical center, mosques, three schools, and the office of the local council.
Al-Bassam noted that the bombings have forced around 80 percent of the population to flee, adding that the town was home to around 10,000 people, 3,000 of whom were displaced from other towns and villages.
The local councils in the two towns have declared the two towns disaster areas as a result of intensive bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces.
Since April 26, the Assad regime and Russian forces have intensified the bombings in the ‘de-escalation’ zones in northwestern Syria, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians and displacing tens of thousands. The bombings are also causing widespread destruction to infrastructure and vital civilian centers although the region is covered by the de-escalation zone agreement. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)