New investigative report of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reveals Syrian regime air force hit Al Talil neighbourhood in Idlib’s Saraqeb in February 2018 with chlorine bombs.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says "we are working to start a joint patrol [with Russia] along M-4 highway" of Idlib from March 15.
Russia’s Defence Ministry accuses Israel of nearly shooting down a Syrian passenger jet with 172 people on board during a missile strike on the suburbs of Damascus.
Saraqeb, near the Turkish border, has been at the centre of intense fighting after the regime took over Maarat al Numan - both cities dot a strategic highway linking Damascus to Aleppo.
Russia and Syrian regime carry out air strikes in Idlib leading to fresh casualties, even as Ankara dispatches more reinforcements to counter regime incursions in ceasefire zone, a war monitor and activists say.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians were killed in the town of Saraqeb while four others were killed in separate air strikes in other towns of southern Idlib.
Trapped civilians fear the Syrian regime is destroying vital facilities, including hospitals and rescue organisations, to clear the way for brutal ground assaults.
As Tehran talks failed to reach consensus regarding Assad's plans to attack Idlib, locals in the region are staring at a possible bloodbath with no place to hide.
According to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Office, at least 277 civilians were killed and another 812 civilians wounded in Syria last week including 230 in air strikes by the regime and its allied forces.
The air raids which also killed at least 10 civilians left a foul smell, causing five people to suffer from suffocation, says the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Britain-based war monitor says there have been dozens of Russian air strikes in the area over the past 24 hours.
Separately, a civilian support worker with the Turkish military was killed in a car bomb blast in the same province.
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