According to reports on 04 September 2018, Russian air forces allegedly bombed the rebel-held province of Idlib in northern Syria ahead of an expected major military offensive by the Syrian Army and its allies to retake the province held by various rebels groups, and is considered to be their last stronghold. Some three million people are estimated to be living in Idlib.
Al Jazeera report says that air raids have pounded targets in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib – the first such attacks in three weeks – as observers wondered if it was the beginning of a much-anticipated major offensive.
At least 23 raids hit the area on Tuesday morning, Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reported from Antakya, in neighbouring Turkey, citing activists who said “they saw Russian and Syrian regime warplanes in the sky”.
BBC report says that Russian warplanes have reportedly bombed the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, as government troops mass ahead of what may be a major offensive. If confirmed, they would be the first such air strikes there in three weeks.
Civilians were among the dead, including children, according to activists in the region.
“This comes after a hiatus of over three weeks without air strikes in the area,” Dekker said. “Everyone here is wondering if this is the start of the Syrian government offensive on Idlib.”
Earlier, US President Donald Trump warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad against launching a “reckless attack” on Idlib. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected the warning and said the Syrian army was “getting ready” to clear a “cradle of terrorism” there.