Syrian regime air force pounds rebel-held town, 10 civilians killed

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Rebel fighters in Jisr al-Shughour. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – The Syrian regime’s warplanes bombed Monday the Christian village of al-Qinya in the northern countryside of Jisr al-Shighur in Idlib province, killing at least ten civilians, including children and women, and wounding  more than 24 others, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, journalist Hashem al-Abdullah said that al-Qinya village –where Christian constitute majority who currently host displaced families form neighboring areas– was struck by the pro-Assad warplanes with two missiles.

Similar attack hit a number of villages around Ariha town in Idlib province, including Gorrin village. No casualties reported.

In the meantime, militants of al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) stormed Monday the regime’s main stronghold of the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shugour city, where a number of regime’s high-ranking commanders were stationed.

Activists in the vicinity of the hospital told ARA News that fierce clashes continued until Monday evening between Nusra fighters and pro-Assad forces in the area following the Nusra-led attack that caused casualties in the regime forces’ ranks. 

On Sunday, the Syrian regime forces sent several military convoys of the National Defense militia, the Afghan Fatimids brigade and Lebanese Hezbollah militias to Jisr al-Shugour in order to lift the siege on soldiers trapped inside the National Hospital, amid heavy bombardment by the pro-Assad air force on the vicinity of the hospital.

 

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Saman and Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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