Violence has been rising in recent weeks in Idlib, the last-rebel enclave between the regime and its allied forces and insurgents on the edge of a territory that is home to nearly 4 million people, despite a truce brokered in March 2020.
The value of the Syrian pound has plummeted with dizzying speed in recent days on the informal market, sending prices skyrocketing nationwide and shuttering shops.
More than 20 air strikes targeted two mountains and three villages in the Jabal al Zawiya region and two other villages in the countryside of the Hama province, a war monitor and a civil defence group said.
The toll of nine dead could rise as some people were seriously injured in the raids, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Air strikes hit area where boundaries of Hama, Idlib, and Latakia provinces meet, triggering a fresh wave of displacement, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
When Syrians took to the streets on March 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-regime protests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, terrorists and outside forces.
The violence came as Turkey's President Erdogan announced that a Russian delegation would arrive the following day to resume talks aimed at easing tensions in the northwest Idlib region.
UN seeks creation of humanitarian corridors in northwestern Syria, expressing horror at regime offensive there, while Ankara-Moscow talks on Idlib crisis end without a breakthrough.
Turkey's President Erdogan says a resounding blow has been dealt to Bashar al Assad's regime over attack on Turkish soldiers.
At least nine civilians were killed in Ibn Semaan village of Aleppo province, war monitor SOHR says, adding 20 other civilians were killed in neighbouring provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.
"We on every occasion say 'do not force us, otherwise our Plan B and Plan C are ready'," Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar tells Hurriyet newspaper. Meanwhile, Syrian regime is set to retake key M5 highway, a war monitor says.
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.
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