Beirut: At least 10 people were killed in northwestern Syria on Monday in shelling between Syrian government forces and rebel groups. Government media and workers of opposition parties gave this information. Violence has erupted between government forces and rebel groups in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib over the past few weeks.
Idlib province is considered a rebel stronghold. Tahir al-Omar, an Idlib-based activist, said a local commander of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an al-Qaeda-linked group, was among the dead. Apart from this, insurgents of other organizations are among those killed. Three civilians have also died in this.
In retaliation, rebels opened fire on the state-held village of Zorin, killing a girl and wounding her father, according to a report by the Syrian state news agency SANA. In fact, due to the mediation done by Turkey and Russia in March last year, a ceasefire was agreed between the two sides.
As part of the ceasefire, the Russian-backed Syrian government halted the ongoing campaign against the rebels. With the imposition of the ceasefire, there was a lot of peace in the area.
It is worth noting that due to the civil war that has been going on in Syria for the last nearly 10 years, so far more than half a million people have died while millions have been forced to leave their homes.