Activists in Idlib said that suspected regime airstrikes directly hit a center of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in the city at dawn Wednesday. Head of the center Maumoon Kharbout was injured along with a number of volunteers in the airstrikes that also caused severe damage to the building of the SARC center.
The airstrikes hit the upper part of the building as well as ambulances parked near the building. Civil defense teams rushed to extinguish the fire resulting from the bombing while the wounded were rushed to a field hospital in the city.
Regime forces and their allies continue to violate the ceasefire agreement which came into force on December 29, 2016, with no fewer than 911 breaches recorded in the first month since the truce was announced.
A similar, but more horrific attack targeted a SARC center near the town of Urem Alqubra in rural Aleppo on September 19, 2016. Director of the center Omar Barakat was killed along with 12 relief workers when the Assad regime and Russian helicopters bombed the center. A UN aid convoy heading to civilians trapped at that time in eastern Aleppo was destroyed in the attack. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Baladi News Network)