IDLIB, Syria 

At least six civilians, including a child and a woman, were killed and 15 others injured in an attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime forces and Iran-backed terror groups in Idlib, northern Syria, according to local sources.

The artillery attack targeted a hospital in the Al Atarib town, which falls within a de-escalation zone, Ibrahim Abu Layis, the head of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) media office, told Anadolu Agency.

ALEPPO, SYRIA – MARCH 21: A view from the site, damaged in an attack of Assad regime forces and Iran-backed terrorist groups which targeted a hospital, leaving 6 civilians killed, 15 injured in Atarib district in Idlib de-escalation zone in western Aleppo countryside, Syria on March 21, 2021. ( Kasim Rammah – Anadolu Agency )

“As a result of the attack, six civilians, including a child and a woman, lost their lives. 15 people were injured, four of them critically,” he said, adding that civil defense teams rushed the injured to nearby hospitals.

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

Syria has been embroiled in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

More than 5 million civilians have since been displaced.

Syria: Regime attack kills 6 civilians, injures 15

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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