Activists and sources in the Syrian opposition confirmed that a number of Turkish soldiers were wounded, and a woman was killed and two children were wounded, in the bombing of the regime forces targeting two Turkish army points in the de-escalation zone in the north of the country.
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported – quoting sources in the Syrian armed opposition – that the artillery of the Syrian regime targeted the cover of the Turkish military post in Tal Badran in the southern countryside of Idlib ; This constitutes a violation of the de-escalation agreement, despite the ceasefire in the region for more than a year.
The activists added that the Turkish army targeted the regime forces’ positions in the southern countryside of Idlib with missiles, in response to the bombing.
This escalation by the regime coincided with the organization of relief organizations, in cooperation with the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), today, Wednesday; He held a press conference in Idlib, to shed light on the repercussions of closing the crossings, which are the only outlet for the entry of aid to the millions of displaced people in northern Syria.
The relief workers demanded to facilitate the entry of supplies and stop the escalation, and not to turn the file of humanitarian and medical aid into a “tool for blackmail” in the hands of Russia and the Syrian regime.
Since the beginning of this month, the Syrian regime forces have targeted the Jabal al-Zawiya area, which constitutes the last lines of contact with the opposition forces, and where military points belonging to the Turkish army are deployed. For their part, the fighting factions responded by targeting regime-controlled positions in adjacent areas.
Yesterday, Tuesday, a woman was killed and another woman and a baby were injured, in a bombing by the regime forces on the village of Mantef (south of Idlib), a after the day killing of at least 9 people, including 4 civilians, as a result of artillery shelling by the regime forces targeting the villages of Al-Bara and Ihsim in Jabal Al-Zawiya.
In May 2017, Turkey, Russia and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement to establish a de-escalation zone in Idlib, as part of the Astana meetings related to the Syrian issue.
However, the Syrian regime forces and their supporters attack the area from time to time, despite the ceasefire agreement signed on March 5, 2020.