Children Become the Victims of Idlib Airstrikes

Children are among the worst victims of the conflict in Idlib. A number of facilities, including schools, were destroyed by airstrikes.

ACTNews, MAARET AL NUMAN - There was no happiness that night as a number of humanitarian workers were evacuating the body of a child from the wreckage that was destroyed by an airstrike in the Maaret al Numan region, south of Idlib, as reported by Al Jazeera on Thursday (8/29). Several airstrikes broke out several times in the city of Idlib at the end of this August.

Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team said that the attack on Maaret al Numan also destroyed one of ACT's partner’s schools. "It’s still summer break today. Luckily, there were no children in the school. The city almost like a ghost city already," reported Firdaus who was in Turkey. He received the latest news from ACT partners on Saturday (8/31) night Indonesian time.

The attacks continue to terrorize the children. Al Jazeera reported that the number of child victims continues to grow. In the middle of August, at least six children died from an attack in Deir al-Sharqi Village, South Idlib. The children were still under 18, one of them is even only four years old.

Some families also try to protect their children by hiding in bunkers. As reported by CBSNews, a family dug out a cave by hand, an air shelter underneath their own home. They hid there to protect themselves from airstrikes.

According to the UN in 2018, at least 1,106 children were killed in during the war. The data only shows the deaths that can be verified by the United Nations. The actual number is possibly higher, as quoted from UNICEF.

More than 3 million people live in the city of Idlib. Eight years of civil war has forced the majority of its population to flee, making the majority of Idlib residents choose to flee. They are faced with difficult choices: stay in the city that could be attacked at any time, or to leave without knowing where to live and what to eat. Middle East Eye wrote tgat, with nowhere else to go, people in Syria's Idlib province risk snake bites, diseases, and cold sleeping in open fields []