Four children among seven people killed in Syria rebel enclave shelling
The Syrian government on Wednesday shelled the last rebel enclave in the country’s northwest, killing at least seven people, including four children, rescuers and activists reported.
The attack, on a day of heavy rain, targeted Idlib city and two towns, to the north and south.
A child was killed when a shell landed near a weekly market in the city of Idlib, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue team also known as the White Helmets, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor.
Meanwhile, World Vision, an international humanitarian organization, reported a higher death toll saying eight people — four children and four adults — were killed in the attack, including two staff members from its local partner agency.
Ahmed Sheikho, a spokesman for the White Helmets said that the shelling in Idlib and surrounding areas wounded 17.
Sheikho also said four people were killed, in the town of Ariha.
The shelling comes as an eight-month truce negotiated between Turkey and Russia is unraveling.
The attack sparked retaliation, restoring a cycle of violence that had previously displaced hundreds of thousands of residents fleeing the fighting and government advances.
Meanwhile, the international community is calling for a nationwide ceasefire and resumption of peace talks, saying no military operations would bring about peace to war-torn Syria.
The northwestern rebel-held enclave is home to more than three million people and remains the last area in opposition hands.