Regime, Russian air raids resume on Syria's Idlib

Geraldine Edwards
September 10, 2018

The bombings also included indiscriminate barrel bombs, dropped from choppers, invariably blamed on the government.

At least a dozen air strikes hit a string of villages and towns in southern Idlib and the town of Latamneh and Kafr Zeita in northern Hama where rebels are still in control, witnesses and rescuers said.

Russian jets had struck Idlib on Friday as well, before the talks in Tehran between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The Observatory described the attacks on the rebel-held areas as the "most intense" since August and said they killed four in Abdeen, west of Khan Sheikhoun town, including two children and a woman.

The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff also slammed the results of the summit between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria, which was recently held in Tehran, by saying that the "meeting ... failed" without going into further details.

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Many of Idlib's residents have already fled fighting in other areas of the country during Syria's seven-year civil war. The group also said the airstrikes caused a limited amount of internal displacement, uprooting almost 700 families from their homes in several parts of Idlib.

Washington has its own plan on how to "effectively" combat terrorism in Syria, the Pentagon has said, adding that the U.S. is not planning to cooperate with Moscow on the issue.

Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov, meanwhile, said Moscow had "irrefutable information" that Syrian rebels were planning a "provocation" in Idlib province to justify western intervention.

TURKEY failed to convince Iran and Russian Federation to agree to a ceasefire in Idlib yesterday (Friday), paving the way for a likely assault by the Assad regime on the Syrian province in the coming days.

Turkey's has 12 military outposts inside Idlib province, the core of the opposition's remaining territory.

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Meanwhile, Jim Jeffrey, Washington's special envoy to Syria, said the USA was seeing indications Assad's forces were readying chemical weapons.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from Antakya, on the Turkey-Syria border.

Kurdish security forces, known as Asayish, said that a government patrol entered the areas controlled by the Kurdish militia in Qamishli and began arresting civilians, then shot at a Kurdish checkpoint, sparking the gun battle. This prompted the clashes that lasted no more than 20 minutes, Sheikmos said.

The Kurdish-led administration control almost 30 percent of Syria, mostly in the northeastern part of the country, including some of Syria's largest oil fields.

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