Russian Airstrike Slaughters Civilians

( Airstrikes by the Russian military killed five members of a single family in the Syrian region of Idlib, which is currently occupied by opposition forces.

On Thursday, bombings targeted a farm in the northwestern region of the country. Three children died as a result of the bombing, according to the Syrian opposition aircraft observatory.

Other airstrikes were carried out by Russian bombers in the same region. The observatory revealed that airstrikes targeted refugee camps in Maarrat Misrin.

Syrian Whit Helmers, the “Syrian Civil Defense,” reported that five other people were also injured by the Russian bombs.

These kind of airstrikes in Syria are not new. Moscow often carries out airstrikes against the Syrian Idlib, which has a population of roughly 4 million people. Along with the Syrian Assad regime, Russia has been accused of violating international humanitarian laws when committing the strikes – at least, according to left-wing advocacy group Amnesty International.

Russia and China have blocked United Nations resolutions against Syria over alleged atrocities at least 15 times now, using their veto power as members of the Security Council.

In May of 2017, Russia, Turkey, and Iran announced that they had come to an agreement to establish a “de-escalation” zone in Idlib as part of a series of meetings about the Syrian conflict. However, it took until a March 2020 agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to finally implement meaningful de-escalation in the region – though, occasional airstrikes still occur.