Government, opposition escalate mutual shelling in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Mutual shelling continued between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions and the in the de-escalation zone, northwest Syria, on Thursday.

The Syrian government forces, stationed in the city of Saraqib, shelled the eastern outskirts of the city of Binnish, east of Idlib, with heavy artillery, North Press reported local sources. 

“Seven people were injured, three of whom were in critical condition. They were transported to medical points in the cities of Binnish and Idlib for treatment,” the sources added.

The government forces also shelled the opposition factions’ sites in the towns of Sarmin and Ta’oum, east of Idlib. The villages of Sfuhen, Fatterah and Kafr Oweid in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, were hit by the government forces as well, according to the same sources.

The sources pointed out that the opposition’s sites in the villages and towns of the Ghab Plain, west of Hama, were hit by the artillery and missile shelling by the government forces stationed in Jurin camp. The villages of Kafr Ta’al and Tedil, west of Aleppo, were also bombed.

In turn, the opposition factions announced targeting the sites of Syrian government forces in the city of Saraqib, east of Idlib.

For months, areas in Syria’s northwest have been witnessing mutual shelling between parties to the conflict in different areas amid news on government military reinforcements to different areas in the region.

Although the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria is subject to a Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement signed in March 2020, the area witnesses frequent mutual bombardment despite the entry of the ceasefire into force.

Reporting by Bara’ al-Shami