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Ankara - Saeed Abdulrazek

Several Killed in Regime Attacks in Syria's Idlib

A road sign that reads "Welcome to Bab al-Hawa crossing" is seen at Bab al-Hawa crossing at the Syrian-Turkish border, in Idlib governorate, Syria June 10, 2021. Picture taken June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Six civilians were killed and seven wounded on Saturday by Syrian regime attacks in southern Idlib Province in northwest Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the fatalities include three children, a woman, a man, and a civil defense volunteer.

SOHR sources also reported that regime forces and militiamen loyal to Russian and regime forces targeted Sarjeh village in the southern countryside of Idlib with a Russian-made guided missile.

The forces had earlier targeted the same position with another guided missile, as rescue teams were on their way to the targeted site, SOHR said, adding that initial reports confirmed the death of a woman and two little girls, while other people were stuck under the rubble.

“This development came at a time when Bashar Assad was getting ready to take the “constitutional oath” for a new presidential term,” the war monitor reported.

In a separate development, two civilians were injured on Saturday in Aleppo when an improvised explosive devise exploded in a car in the al-Bab city.

Local officials in the city, which is controlled by Turkey and its loyal factions, blamed the Syrian Democratic Forces for the explosion.

Also, Turkey on Saturday rejected a joint statement issued by several UN agencies, which accused Ankara of cutting off the water supply provided by the Allouk station to Syria's northeast areas.

"The joint statement released on 15 July 2021 by the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis and UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa contains factual mistakes as well as incomplete and misleading information,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The Ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Tanju Bilgic, explained that the Allouk Water Station is situated near the town of Ras al-Ain, a part of an area held by the Syrian opposition, and the only source of power for the station as well as the whole region of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain is in the south.

“The terrorist organization PKK/PYD and the regime deliberately obstruct the electricity to the Station and the region. These power cuts disable the functions of the Station to provide water and aggravate the humanitarian conditions in the region,” he added.

Bilgic said there is no electrical power in Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain since 18 April 2021 and at the Allouk Water Station since 26 June 2021, adding that the regime continues to arbitrarily prevent potable and irrigation water supply from reaching Al-Bab.

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