Red Crescent offices under fire in Syria’s Idlib

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Members of the Syrian Red Crescent transport Syrians from a rebel-controlled area to a regime held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 4, 2015 (AFP Photo/Baraa al-Halabi)

ARA News

Idlib – Offices of the Syrian Red Crescent in the northwestern city of Idlib were hit by airstrikes at midnight on Wednesday, activists reported.

The strikes caused casualties among the organisation’s staff and an extensive material damage to its offices in Idlib.

“At least four staff members of the Syrian Red Crescent were injured in the airstrikes, one of them is in critical condition,” media activist Abdulqadir Othman told ARA News in Idlib.

“The bombardment also caused a massive destruction to the organisation’s offices,” the source reported.

Although it was not immediately clear which airforce was behind the strikes, local activists accused the Syrian regime of conducting the attack.

“Destroying offices of the Red Crescent and targeting its staff in Idlib would only serve the Assad regime. So the regime’s air force is most likely behind Wednesday’s strikes,” opposition activist Khalid al-Saleh told ARA News.

Idlib is considered one of the main Syrian governorates out of the regime’s control.

Syrian and Russian warplanes have been carrying out raids against rebel groups and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants in Idlib Governorate. Also, the US-led coalition has recently started targeting positions of the al-Qaeda-splinter group of Fateh al-Sham in Idlib.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed 

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