Air raids by Assad regime kill 12 in Syria's de-escalation zones

Air strikes conducted by the killed at least 12 civilians in a market in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said Wednesday. Another 18 people were wounded when the warplanes hit the town of Maarat al-Numan around midnight (2100 GMT) on Tuesday. The market was crowded with people out and about after breaking the daytime fast observed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.

Twelve civilians were killed in regime in Syria's northwestern de-escalation zones, sources with the civil defense agency said on Wednesday.

The attacks targeted the towns of Maarat Al-Numan and Maarat Herma in Idlib province, the sources said.

Also, regime forces and Iran-back terrorist group shelled the town of Khan Sheykhun and the villages of Al-Kassabiyya, Abdin, Karasaa, Kafr Sajna and Al-Naqeer.

The new deaths brought to more than 455 civilians, who have lost their lives in Idlib since April 25.

Some 1.5 million people currently reside in Idlib, half are displaced from other parts of the war-torn country.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a in which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.

The Syrian regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Bashar al- cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.

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