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Greater Idlib: Militant Shelling Leaves Child Dead, Another Injured In Government-Held Jurin Town

Greater Idlib: Militant Shelling Leaves Child Dead, Another Injured In Government-Held Jurin Town

Greater Idlib: Militant Shelling Leaves Child Dead, Another Injured In Government-Held Jurin Town









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Greater Idlib: Militant Shelling Leaves Child Dead, Another Injured In Government-Held Jurin Town

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On June 20, five munitions fired from the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib by militants hit the government-held town of Jurin in the al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern countryside of Hama.


The munitions landed in residential areas killing a little girl, Massa al-Saleh. The victim’s brother, Hud, and her father were also wounded in the attack.


Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist group is a very close ally of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib. The group also operates side by side with Turkish-backed forces on several frontlines.


After the deadly attack, several warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces were spotted conducting reconnaissance over Greater Idlib. Retaliatory airstrikes are likely being prepared.


According to opposition sources, a Russian Orlan-10 drone crashed near the al-Arba’aine Mount in the southern Idlib countryside as a result of a “technical failure”. This is yet to be confirmed.


The attack on Jurin represents a blatant violation of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies will not likely let this attack go unpunished.


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