(SYRIA) JUST IN: At least seven civilians, including a child, were killed Sunday in an attack by the Bashar Assad regime on a hospital in northwestern province of Idlib #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.21: The Assad regime once again has carried out a brutal attack on innocent civilians,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a written statement:

Assad regime attack on hospital kills 7 civilians in Syria’s Idlib: ‘Five innocent civilians, one of whom is a child, were killed by the regime’s artillery bombardment on a hospital in Idlib’s Atareb,” the ministry said in its initial reaction.


Last Update: Mar 21, 2021 3:39 pm:

A view of the damaged hospital building in Atareb, Idlib, northwestern Syria, March 21, 2021. (Courtesy of the Defense Ministry)

“The regime, which again carried out crimes against humanity, also injured 10 civilians,” the statement added.

Later, it was reported that seven civilians were killed and at least 14 medics were injured.

According to the White Helmets Syria civil defense group, the attack also caused serious infrastructural damage, putting the hospital out-of-service. Teams from the civil defense group took the injured to the nearest hospital.

The Idlib de-escalation zone was forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia. The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire agreements, which have been frequently violated by the Assad regime and its allies.

Most recently, a fragile truce was brokered between Moscow and Ankara in March 2020, in response to months of fighting by the Russia-backed regime. Almost a million people have fled the Assad regime’s offensive, yet the regime still frequently carries out attacks on civilians, hindering most from returning to their homes and forcing them to stay in makeshift camps.

Syria’s war has killed more than 387,000 people and displaced millions since beginning in 2011 with the regime’s brutal repression of anti-government protests.

First Turkish air strikes on Kurdish zone in Syria in 17 months: monitor

March 21, 2021 02:52

BEIRUT: The Turkish airforce conducted its first strikes in 17 months against a zone in north Syria held by Kurdish militia on Saturday night, a monitor said.
“A Turkish fighter jet has struck military positions of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Saida village in Ain Issa countryside… which caused loud explosions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
This was the first aerial raid since “Operation Peace Spring,” it added — an October 2019 military campaign launched by Ankara and its Syrian allies against the SDF in northern Syria.
That operation, interrupted after two accords negotiated by Ankara with first Washington, and then Moscow, allowed Turkey to seize control of a “safe zone” inside Syria around 120 kilometers long and 32 kilometers deep.
The village of Ain Issa, however, remained in the hands of Kurdish forces.
The air strikes come the same day as “violent clashes” and “intensive rocket fire” on the frontlines of Ain Issa district between SDF forces and Turkish-backed factions, the SOHR said, adding there had been confirmed casualties.
“Clashes between the two sides have been going on for the last 24 hours… Turkish forces have had difficulty advancing since the SDF destroyed a Turkish tank,” the director of the SOHR, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP.
The Syrian Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units, which form a vital component of the SDF, are considered by Turkey to be a “terrorist offshoot” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
But they have also been a key ally to the United States and others in the battle against the Daesh group in Syria.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.21: 2021:

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