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TOPSHOT – A Syrian man and girl flee following a reported government air strike on the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images) UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Air strikes targeted a jihadist stronghold in northwestern Syria, killing 12 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday, as fierce clashes between jihadists and pro-regime forces continued. The British-based observatory said that “raids targeted places in the popular market area Corniche of the city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in the southern Idlib countryside,” pointing to “the martyrdom of at least 12 citizens and wounding about 18 others.” The observatory was unable to determine whether the attack was carried out by the Syrian or Russian air force. The White Helmets, who carried out the rescue operation, said nine civilians were killed and 20 wounded, some critically. An AFP correspondent in the area saw shop windows and buildings destroyed in the market after the attack. The al-Sham Liberation Organization (former al-Qaeda arm) controls a large part of Idlib province and adjacent areas in the governorates of Aleppo (north), Hama (central) and Lattakia (west). The province of Idlib and surrounding areas of the agreement of a Russian-Turkish truce was approved in September and provided for the establishment of a demilitarized zone separating the parties to the conflict, but the regime forces stepped up the weeks of bombing before the Russian aircraft to join later and managed to regain control of the number Of towns from the south. The Sham Liberation Organization launched a counter-attack against the forces of the regime Tuesday in the northern province of Hama, according to the observatory. The fighting continued Wednesday, leading to a 44 to 52 death toll in 24 hours, according to the Observatory, noting that 29 of them were pro-regime fighters and 23 were jihadists. The observatory said that the Sham Liberation Organization was able to regain control of most of the town of Kafr Nabuda, which was controlled by the regime on 8 May. Since the end of April, the level of shelling has reached an unprecedented level since the agreement was signed, according to the observatory. The Observatory has since counted more than 180 civilians dead. Military operations have pushed more than 180,000 people to flee, according to the United Nations, which warned at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Friday of the risk of a “humanitarian disaster” in Idlib if violence continues. — Online: This article is written and prepared by our foreign editors writing for VOP from different countries around the world – edited and published by VOP staff in our newsroom. Our Standards, Terms of Use: Standard Terms And Conditions. VOP Today News — Breaking news source, real-time coverage of the world’s events, life, politics, business, finance, economy, markets, war and conflict zones. Stay connected with VOP Today News on Twitter – VOP Today News on Facebook , also with our online services http://j.mp/2hDUK4x and never lost the breaking news stories happening around the world. — Support The VOP from as little as $1 – it only takes a minute. Thank you. We are the Voice of People — the only funding and support we get from people – we are categorically not funded by any political party, any government somewhere or from any grouping that supports certain interests – the only support that makes VOP possible came from you.

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TOPSHOT - A Syrian man and girl flee following a reported government air strike on the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Air strikes targeted a jihadist stronghold in northwestern Syria, killing 12 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday, as fierce clashes between jihadists and pro-regime forces continued.

The British-based observatory said that “raids targeted places in the popular market area Corniche of the city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man in the southern Idlib countryside,” pointing to “the martyrdom of at least 12 citizens and wounding about 18 others.”

The observatory was unable to determine whether the attack was carried out by the Syrian or Russian air force.

The White Helmets, who carried out the rescue operation, said nine civilians were killed and 20 wounded, some critically.

An AFP correspondent in the area saw shop windows and buildings destroyed in the market after the attack.

The al-Sham Liberation Organization (former al-Qaeda arm) controls a large part of Idlib province and adjacent areas in the governorates of Aleppo (north), Hama (central) and Lattakia (west).

The province of Idlib and surrounding areas of the agreement of a Russian-Turkish truce was approved in September and provided for the establishment of a demilitarized zone separating the parties to the conflict, but the regime forces stepped up the weeks of bombing before the Russian aircraft to join later and managed to regain control of the number Of towns from the south.

The Sham Liberation Organization launched a counter-attack against the forces of the regime Tuesday in the northern province of Hama, according to the observatory.

The fighting continued Wednesday, leading to a 44 to 52 death toll in 24 hours, according to the Observatory, noting that 29 of them were pro-regime fighters and 23 were jihadists.

The observatory said that the Sham Liberation Organization was able to regain control of most of the town of Kafr Nabuda, which was controlled by the regime on 8 May.

Since the end of April, the level of shelling has reached an unprecedented level since the agreement was signed, according to the observatory. The Observatory has since counted more than 180 civilians dead.

Military operations have pushed more than 180,000 people to flee, according to the United Nations, which warned at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Friday of the risk of a “humanitarian disaster” in Idlib if violence continues.

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This article is written and prepared by our foreign editors writing for VOP from different countries around the world – edited and published by VOP staff in our newsroom.

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VOP Today News — Breaking news source, real-time coverage of the world’s events, life, politics, business, finance, economy, markets, war and conflict zones.

Stay connected with VOP Today News on TwitterVOP Today News on Facebook, also with our online services http://j.mp/2hDUK4x and never lost the breaking news stories happening around the world.

Support The VOP from as little as $1 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

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