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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Four Children Among Seven Killed in Shelling of Syrian Rebel Enclave

The Syrian government shelled the northwestern rebel enclave in the country, killing at least seven civilians, including four children, according to organizations of rescuers and activists.

The Syrian government shelled the northwestern rebel enclave in the country last Nov. 4, killing at least seven civilians, including four children, according to organizations of rescuers and activists.

According to reports, the shelling targeted the city of Idlib and its surrounding areas, including the towns of Ariha and Kefraya, leaving seven dead and injuring nearly 20 people.

“The regime’s shells killed seven people, including four children, while the rainstorms continue to ravage the lives of millions in the camps and in their broken homes,” the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, stated in a tweet.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syrian Civil Defense, a shell that landed near a market in Idlib City killed one child.

The organizations said that the attack killed four people in Ariha, including a four-year-old child who the Syrian Civil Defense identified as a young girl named Rimas.

The organizations further said the attack killed two children in Kefraya.

Last October, the Syrian government deployed an air strike in the area, killing dozens of Turkish fighters.

The rebel enclave in the northwest of Syria is the last area controlled by the Turkey-backed opposition and it houses over three million people.

The international community has been calling for a nationwide ceasefire and for the resumption of peace talks.

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