DAMASCUS – On Friday, more than 40 people were killed in airstrikes and shelling in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Friday marked the last day of a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army.
However, the Syrian regime’s air forces violated the truce by launching airstrikes on a populated area in Idlib province, killing at least 22 civilians in Darkush town.
“People were celebrating Eid holiday at the riverside in Darkush, near the Turkish border, when Syrian warplanes bombed the area, committing a massacre by killing over 22 innocent people,” rights activist Abdo Hamdan told ARA News in Idlib.
On the other hand, the rebel factions shelled regime-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens more, activists and eyewitnesses reported.
“Many of the victims were children and women, who died under mortar fire and rockets launched by the armed opposition groups,” media activist Ahmed Hilwani told ARA News.
The Syrian government forces on Wednesday announced a 72-hour ceasefire, which was supposed to cover the three days of the Muslim Eid holiday. However, violence has not decreased during the truce period, and activists accused both sides to conflict of violating the agreement by targeting civilians.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News