Syrian regime shelling kills Four kids in NW Syria’s Idlib

A British war observer said on Sunday that four children were killed in shelling by the Bashar Assad regime in Syria’s last major opposition bastion in the north-west of the country.

The artillery fire hit a residential area in the south of the opposition-dominated bastion Idlib late on Saturday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The victims in Qastoun village in Hama province came from the same family, it said.

The Idlib region is home to nearly 3 million people, two thirds of whom were displaced from other parts of the country during the decades of civil war.

Almost 75% of the total population in northwest Syria’s Idlib region depend on humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs as 1.6 million people continue to live in camps or informal settlements, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said with.

An OCHA official recently told Daily Sabah that an estimated 3.4 million people out of 4.2 million people in north-western Syria are in need of help. Almost 2.7 million are internally displaced, 1.6 million of whom live in camps or informal settlements.

“Many of these (camps) are overcrowded and the need is particularly high. Of the total population (4.2 million), around 75% depend on humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs,” said the UN body.

The life of the Syrian people, who are facing numerous difficulties in the tent camps of rural Idlib, has become much more difficult due to the ongoing pandemic and high temperatures. As the humanitarian disaster hits new heights in the area, people are trying to survive by taking shelter under trees or rickety tents on top of mud and puddles. Many Turkish NGOs and government agencies continue to provide vital humanitarian aid and conduct humanitarian efforts in the region. Millions of displaced people in the region are also in dire need of humanitarian medical assistance.

A ceasefire agreement brokered by regime ally Russia and the opposition’s main supporter, Turkey, has largely protected the region from a new regime offensive since March 2020.

But since June regime forces have increased their firing measures in the south of the bastion.

Bashar Assad took the oath of office for a new term last month and vowed to make “the liberation of the parts of the homeland that are still needed” one of his top priorities.

The regime and its supporters have violated the ceasefire in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib at least 800 times in the past 45 days, killing at least 66 civilians.

Recently, amid increasing attacks by the regime on civilians and residential areas, the United Nations has expressed deep concern about the escalating violence in north-western Syria, which poses a constant threat to civilians.

Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the ongoing fighting had killed and injured dozens of civilians, including women and children, over the past few weeks.

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