Reuters reported on Russian airstrikes in Syrian Idlib

Reuters: Russian planes inflicted airstrikes on Syrian Idlib According to agency sources, Russian planes inflicted airstrikes on the rebellious enclave

Russian planes resumed bombing attacks near the city of Idlib, occupied by the Syrian opposition, Reuters reports, citing eyewitnesses and services surveillance.

According to the agency, the planes flew at high altitude, according to the tracking center, they were “ Dry. '' They dropped bombs on several cities and the main water pumping station serving the city of Idlib, which has a population of over 1 million.

The damage to the water station was confirmed by an unnamed senior UN official. According to him, such airstrikes worsen the humanitarian situation of millions of Syrians.

The agency, citing eyewitnesses, reported that livestock and poultry farms near the border crossing with Turkey have been attacked in the rebel-held enclave over the past 24 hours./p>

The Syrian army has not yet commented on this information. According to Reuters, Damascus insists they are targeting armed groups, but denies any attacks on civilians.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria was adopted on May 4, 2017 by the parties & mdash; the guarantors of the truce: Russia, Turkey and Iran. Idlib fell under Turkish responsibility. At that time, the presidents of Russia Vladimir Putin and Turkey, Recep Erdogan, agreed that it was necessary to separate the moderate opposition and terrorists, as well as create a demilitarized zone along the perimeter of the region not controlled by Damascus.

However, then the ceasefire in the zone did not come, and in 2020 there was the most serious incident of the entire Turkish campaign in Syria, provoked by the offensive of Bashar al-Assad's troops in Idlib: on February 27 in the south of Idlib, as a result of an airstrike of the Syrian government army, at least 36 Turkish military personnel. On the same day, Ankara announced that Damascus would be held accountable, and three days later announced the start of Operation Spring Shield in the area.

In May 2020, Putin and Erdogan managed to reach an agreement on Idlib in talks in Moscow that lasted more than six hours. First, the countries agreed to introduce a ceasefire on the existing line of contact. Secondly, Russia and Turkey agreed to create a security corridor & mdash; 6 km north and 6 km south of the M-4 highway (Latakia & mdash; Aleppo). At the same time, Turkey and Russia also reaffirmed their commitment to the previously concluded agreements & mdash; on the creation of de-escalation zones from 2017 and the Sochi memorandum of 2018.

In recent weeks, there has been a relatively calm in Idlib, there have been no reports of significant clashes.

In June 2021, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that illegal armed groups are transferring militants and armored vehicles to the settlements of Saan and Majdalia in the Syrian province of Idlib. At the same time, the command of the Syrian government forces announced more frequent shelling of the positions of the Syrian armed forces in the directions of Rueiha, Jubas and Seraqab from the indicated area by the militants. In May 2021, the Russian military announced an impending staged chemical attack in Idlib. For this, the militants of the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group (banned in Russia) accompanied by representatives of the White Helmets organization delivered to the area of ​​the settlement of Jisr al-Shugur six containers with a poisonous substance, presumably with chlorine, then the Ministry of Defense told.

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