Most violent escalation in demilitarized zone since a year

Since last night, demilitarized zones have witnessed the violent escalation in a year, with Russia and the regime bringing significant reinforcements to the border, amid talk of a possible battle there.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR ),reported that Russian warplanes renewed their shelling this morning on areas of the so-called demilitarized zone.

The Russian warplanes renewed the shelling on areas of the supposed truce on Monday morning, where they carried out a raid on the northern outskirts of Marshourin in the eastern countryside of Maarrat al-Nu’man, and another raid on Mshirfah village in the eastern countryside of Jisr al-Shughur, while the warplanes carried out an airstrike this morning on places in Qal’aat al-Madiq in Sahl al-Ghab, also the warplanes targeted with heavy machineguns places in al-Hwaiz Sahl al-Ghab, while the helicopters dropped 4 barrel bombs on Kafr Nabudah town and al-Bana village north of Hama, while rocket shells landed on places in Muhradah town which is controlled by the regime forces north of Hama and inhabited by Christian citizens, while the Syrian Observatory monitored intensive rocket shelling carried out by the regime forces since after midnight of yesterday until now, where they intensively targeted this morning by missiles places in Kafr Zita and al-Lataminah in the northern countryside of Hama and al-Mestriha in Jabal Shashabo, also they intensively targeted by missiles after midnight of yesterday al-Hbit and Abdeen in southern countryside of Idlib, Kafr Nabudah and al-Lataminah in the northern Countryside of Hama, and al-Twyna and al-Sharia in Sahl al-Ghab, the Syrian Observatory also documented the death of a woman and a man in rocket shelling by the regime forces at midnight of yesterday targeted places in Kafrenbudeh town, the shelling also wounded several people.

This escalation of aerial and ground bombardment and shelling which is considered to be the most violent; was accompanied by continuous preparations and brining of reinforcements by the regime forces, to their positions in Sahl al-Ghab and on the outskirts of Idlib Province.

The Syrian Observatory published yesterday evening that the Syrian regime’s warplanes and helicopters have been still flying over Idlib province and Hama countryside since this morning along with renewed and continued strikes, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored new airstrikes today evening, Tuesday the 30th of April 2019, on Jabal Shashabo, Sahl Al-Ghab and the northern countryside of Hama.

The regime’s warplanes also renewed their targeting by heavy machineguns today evening targeting places in Al-Hbit, Sfohen and Maaret Herma in Idlib countryside, after they had carried out 12 airstrikes by missiles today morning, distributed as follows: 4 raids on places in Kafr Nabudah north of Hama, 4 raids on Al-Hbit south of Idlib, 2 raids on the vicinity of Tremla in Idlib countryside, and 2 other raids on Al-Hawash in Sahl Al-Ghab, and the intensive targeting by the heavy machineguns to several areas in both Hama and Idlib countryside resulted in the death of a man in Kafr Nabudah hours ago.

The SOHR also documented today evening, that the Russian warplanes carried out 2 raids on areas in the vicinity of Kafr Naha and Khan Al-Asal in the western sector of Aleppo countryside, which resulted in the fall of wounded amid information about casualties, raising to 11 at least, the number of today’s airstrikes that have been carried out by the Russian warplanes on Hama, Idlib and Aleppo, they are: 4 raids on places in the vicinity of Tremla south of Idlib, 4 raids on places in Al-Lataminah north of Hama, and 2 raids on the vicinity of Khan Al-Asal and Kafr Naha west of Aleppo, as well as a raid on Qasabiyeh south-west of Idlib.

While the regime forces participated in this heaviest escalation where they have targeted the area from after the midnight of Monday – Tuesday and until now, by more than 700 artillery and rocket shells.

And with the fall of more casualties, the death toll of casualties rises in the heaviest continuous escalation on its 10th day, to 168 persons in the period since the morning of the 20th of April 2019, until the 30th of April 2019, they are 51 civilians including 12 children and 12 women, were killed in the Russian air bombardment and regime forces’ shelling on areas in Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib.

And during the period between the 15th of February 2019 and the 30th of April 2019, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 535 people in the Russian- Turkish truce areas, they are 288 civilians including 83 children under the age of eighteen and 69 woman over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the Russian aerial bombardment and the rocket shelling by the regime forces and the factions, and among the death toll of civilians there are 28 people including 6 children under the age of eighteen and 5 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the fall of shells launched by the factions, and 88 fighters were killed in different conditions within the demilitarized area since Putin – Erdogan agreement, including 54 fighters of the “jihadis” and 159 of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented since the start of the Russian – Turkish truce the death of 764 people in areas of Erdogan – Putin agreement, they are: 368 civilians including 115 children and 81 women, were killed in shelling by the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that there are limits to any patience and cannot accept the survival of terrorists in Idlib and said, "We strive to achieve an agreement between Russia and Turkey in resolving the problem (Jabhat al-Nusra) in Idlib, we cannot, of course, keep these terrorists there. "



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