White Helmets sources say the dead include three children. More than 470 civilians have perished in regime and Russian bombardment in Idlib de-escalation zone despite a deal against acts of aggression in northwestern opposition bastion.
At least five civilians were killed in air strikes carried out by regime forces in northern Syria's de-escalation zones, according to sources with the White Helmets civil defence agency on Sunday.
The attacks targeted the city of Kafr Nabl and the villages of Kansafra Bidama, Josef, Kafr Battikh, Sufuhon, Ablin and Maraand in Idlib province.
Those killed, included three children, who were targeted in Josef village, the sources said.
Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.
5 civilians including 3 children and a woman were killed, and five others injured, in a new massacre by the regime warplanes after they attack #Josef Town in the southern countryside of #Idlib with high-explosion rockets this afternoon. Search and rescue operations continue. pic.twitter.com/nKIGjQikD4— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 23, 2019
Regime breaks deal
The Syrian regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of the ceasefire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.
The Idlib region of about three million people is supposed to be protected by the buffer zone deal, but the rebel and militant-run enclave has come under mounting bombardment by the regime and its ally, Russia, since late April.
The violence has forced around 330,000 people to flee their homes and hit 23 health centres, according to the UN.
1- Khalid Al-Dani is little angel from #Saraqib City in #Idlib, here he shows his certificates of excellence in school. Yesterday, regime warplanes killed him, his parents, his brother and their grandmother. pic.twitter.com/FXAiuSADou— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) June 23, 2019
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Bashar al Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.
The conflict running in its eighth year has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions.