Syria regime bombard Idlib town where four children were massacred a week earlier

Syria regime bombard Idlib town where four children were massacred a week earlier
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12 April, 2022
The Maarat Al-Naasan junction, near where regime shelling killed four schoolchildren last week, was among the locations in Idlib attacked by regime forces
Regime artillery and missile fire caused damage to civilian property [OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty-file photo]

Syrian regime forces again bombed the country's northwest on Monday evening, after rebels killed a regime soldier during fighting in Idlib province, according to one activist.

The regime troop was killed in the Al-Bureij village area in the governorate's southeast.

This comes as the regime fired artillery and missiles at several areas, causing damage to civilian property, activist Mustafa Al-Mohammed told The New Arab's Arabic sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

The Maarat Al-Naasan junction is located at the site where regime shelling killed four schoolchildren and wounded others last week.

Al-Mohammed said warplanes and reconnaissance aircraft of key Syrian regime ally Russia are continuing to fly over Idlib several times a day.

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Even when the aircraft do not drop bombs their overflights cause terror among residents used to years of Russian and regime airstrikes.

Idlib has suffered continuous and indiscriminate bombardments by regime and Russian forces since it was captured by rebels in 2015 and prior to this.

Much of the rebel-held province is controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, a hardline Islamist group accused of numerous rights violations.

Elsewhere in Syria, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the international coalition carried out joint exercises simulating fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group in Deir az-Zour province.

Repeated loud explosions were heard near the village of Maizila, where fighters practiced assaulting IS positions and fending off attacks on the SDF and coalition joint bases.

In Homs province in Syria's southwest, Russia and the regime military's construction firm started building helipads, according to local sources.

These are being constructed in the Al-Sawwana field, where phosphate is produced.

With Russian air support, the Syrian regime has recently been conducting sweeps of Homs province for IS cells.

The pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper claimed these raids had wiped out IS bases and inflicted serious casualties on the extremists.

Regime forces were hit with a surprise attack by IS late on Sunday in the Al-Sukhnah area.