Fifty-three killed in Syrian regime air strikes in Idlib after opposition capture army base

Fifty-three civilians were killed by regime air strikes on marketplace in Darkoush in Idlib near Turkish border after Syrian opposition coalition had seized army camp and a key town

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 40 civilians including nine women and eight children were killed in regime air raids conducted on Sunday on a town in the northwestern Idlib Province. The attack targeted a marketplace where displaced refugees were taking cover in Darkoush, according to Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The attack came after a coalition of Syrian opposition and Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front fighters captured al Qarmeed camp, an army base used by the regime. “ This was one of the major bases of the regime in Idlib and had a lot of weapons,” said Observatory head Rami abdul Rahman.

These incidents came a day after the opposition took control over a strategic key town of Jisr al-Shughour, which is a main stronghold of the regime. Capturing Jisr al Shughour cut the support line for regime forces between Aleppo and the coastal provinces.

Seven Syrian opposition groups with the Nusra Front joined a month ago in an operation room called Victory Battle. The operation started from the Capital of Idlib Province which was seized after four days of fighting against regime forces. Oppositions continue capturing nearby towns forcing regime forces to retreat, according to eyewitnesses.

Syrian State TV said the army had killed dozens of foreign fighters as well as Nusra’s, but it did not say the camp was seized by opposition fighters. Moreover, anti-regime activists said regime used Chlorine gas in attacks on Jabal Zawiyeh, a region of Idlib.

Idlib Province is the second province that the regime lost control of after Raqqa which is under the control of ISIS.

The four-year war in Syria claimed the lives of more than 220,000 Syrians and more than 7.6 millions were internally displaced, according to the UN.

TRTWorld and agencies