Airstrike in Idlib Kills 18

Another aistrike hit a busy market and industrial zone in the Syrian Idlib Governorate on Wednesday (1/15), causing 18 casualties.

Airstrike in Idlib Kills 18' photo
Destroyed cars and shops in Idlib (AFP)

ACTNews, IDLIB - A total of 18 civilians were reportedly killed in an air strike that occurred in the city of Idlib, Syria, as reported by AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the attack that took place on Wednesday (1/15) hit a busy market and an industrial area in Idlib.

A correspondent for AFP news agency said several cars in the industrial zone were engulfed in flames with the drivers dead inside them. Mustafa, a vehicle repair shop owner, told AFP that he was leaving his shop to get some spare parts when the attack occurred. When he returned, he found his shop destroyed and four employees had been trapped under the rubble.

"This is not the neighborhood I left two minutes ago," Mustafa said. SOHR also added that SOHR said children and rescue workers were among the casualties.

A child evacuated after an airstrike took place in a market and industrial area in Idlib. (AFP / Abdulaziz Ketaz)

The Global Humanity Response (GHR) - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Team, which has been in Idlib since last week and witnessed the attack first-hand. The GHR - ACT Team was distributing food and bread to the IDP on Saturday (1/11) and Sunday (1/12).

“When we were on our way to Idlib City, we witnessed saw jet planes flying over Idlib. The warplanes even launched its missiles that hit residential areas around Idlib, which was only 5 km away from our location such as Binnish, Saraqib, and the outskirts of the city of Idlib," said Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT Team.

The conflict in Syria that has been raging in 2011 has claimed many casualties. In a report released on December 31, 2019, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported the deaths of 3,364 civilians in 2019, including 842 children and 486 women. SNHR also reported that, from January 1 to 14 ,75 people were killed in the conflict in Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have evacuated to save their lives from this prolonged conflict. A recent report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), showed that almost 350,000 people fled from their homes, mainly from southern Idlib governorate since 1 December 2019 - 14 January 2020.

Most moved to the city center and refugee camps in northwestern Idlib. Most of the recently displaced people moved to urban centers and IDP camps in northwestern Idleb. Tens of thousands have reportedly moved to areas such as Afrin and A’zaz in northern Aleppo governorate seeking safety and access to services. Their situation becomes increasingly difficult due to the ongoing winter.

" Displacement during winter is further exacerbating the vulnerability of those affected. Many who fled are in urgent need of humanitarian support, particularly shelter, food, health, non-food and winterization assistance, " reported OCHA. []