İrem UZUN -TDO- At least seven civilians, including four children, have been killed during Syrian government bombardment of Syria's northwest Idlib province on Wednesday, according to a war monitor. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the deadliest salvoes hit the town of Ariha, also wounding an additional 20 people across rebel-held Idlib province. "The regime launched sustained artillery and rocket fire in the morning on several parts of Idlib, killing seven civilians, including four children," the monitoring group said.
The attack targeted the city of 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. The shelling in Idlib and surrounding areas wounded 17, according to Ahmed Sheikho, a spokesman for the White Helmets. In the town of Ariha, to the south, four people were killed, including a 4-year old child, he said. In Kefraya to the north, two children were killed, the Observatory and the White Helmets said.
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 nine-year war has displaced millions, and killed nearly half a million people, leaving Syria torn into rival areas controlled by different groups, backed by regional or international powers.