Regime, Russia airstrikes kill nine in Idlib, Syria – media

12:05, 26 August 2019
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The White Helmets reported that three children were among the victims of the attack on several villages in the Maarat Al Numan district in southern Idlib including Al-Tamanah, Tell Mannas, Maar Shimmareen and Al-Faqie, according to Anadolu Agency.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.

The de-escalation zone is currently home to some 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces from throughout the war-weary country.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

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