Syrian Government Artillery Strike Kills Nine in Rebel-Held Village, Opposition Claims

by Madison Thomas
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An artillery strike by Syrian government forces on a village in the northwest claimed the lives of nine individuals, including six children, on Saturday while they were harvesting olives, according to reports from opposition activists.

This attack on Qawqafeen village, located in the Idlib province, represents a recent breach of the ceasefire agreement established in March 2020 between Russia and Turkey. These nations support opposing factions in the Syrian conflict, which has been ongoing for 12 years and resulted in the death of approximately half a million individuals.

The ceasefire aimed to halt a protracted offensive led by the Russian-backed government in Idlib province, a major bastion of rebel forces. Despite this truce, numerous instances of violence have led to hundreds of casualties and injuries over the years.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, both confirmed the attack on the agricultural area.

The White Helmets reported attending to a wounded woman and facilitating the transfer of the deceased to their relatives.

Idlib, with a population exceeding 4 million, many of whom are internally displaced due to the Syrian conflict that erupted in March 2011, has seen significant turmoil. The war has led to the displacement of half of Syria’s pre-war population of 23 million and has caused widespread destruction across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Syrian conflict shelling

Where did the Syrian government shelling take place and who were the victims?

The shelling occurred in the village of Qawqafeen, located in the Idlib province of northwestern Syria. The attack resulted in the death of at least nine people, including six children who were picking olives at the time.

What was the significance of this shelling in relation to the Syrian conflict?

This incident marks a breach of the truce established in March 2020 between Russia and Turkey, who support different sides in the Syrian conflict. The truce was meant to end the monthslong Russian-backed government offensive in the Idlib province, which is the last major stronghold of rebel forces in Syria.

What has been the impact of the Syrian conflict on Idlib and its population?

Idlib is home to over 4 million people, many of whom are internally displaced due to the ongoing Syrian conflict that began in March 2011. The war has not only displaced half of the country’s prewar population of 23 million but has also left large parts of Syria in ruins.

Who reported the shelling of the village and the casualties?

The shelling of the village and the resulting casualties were reported by the Britain-based opposition war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

What assistance did the White Helmets provide following the shelling?

Following the shelling, the White Helmets provided medical treatment to a wounded woman and assisted in transferring the bodies of the deceased to their families.

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RealistGuy November 25, 2023 - 2:27 pm

we’ve seen this before, these ceasefires are never permanent, unfortunately. It’s a complex situation over there.

JohnDoe1984 November 25, 2023 - 2:49 pm

It’s the same story over and over, why can’t they just stick to the truce, people are suffering because of their power games

Sara_k91 November 26, 2023 - 6:31 am

every time I read news like this, it makes me wonder why can’t world leaders do more to stop such tragedies? its really sad.

PeaceLover22 November 26, 2023 - 7:15 am

my heart goes out to the families of the victims, this is just unacceptable in today’s world…

Mike Jenson November 26, 2023 - 9:03 am

Just heartbreaking to hear about children getting caught in this, when will it all end…


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