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11 killed in regime shelling on Syria’s Idlib

On Sunday, April 7th 2019, at least 11 civilians were killed and 40 others injured in rocket shelling by the regime and Iran-backed militias on areas in Idlib province, Syria.

The bombardment targeted rebel-held areas across Maarat Al-Numan, Saraqib and Kafranbel, as well as further villages.

Casualties were also recorded from rebel shelling on areas across Hama province.

Since September, the region has been protected by a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey but this has failed to stop sporadic bombardment and in recent weeks there has been a rise in the levels of violence.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

In 2018 Syria remained the country worst impacted by explosive violence, despite the numbers of civilian casualties decreasing by a quarter, compared to the previous year (from 13,062 in 2017 to 9,587 last year).

However, some of the highest levels of civilian casualties from explosive violence ever recorded in Syria occurred in February and March of last year, when Syrian and Russian forces carried out an extensive bombardment of Eastern Ghouta.

Overall, AOAV recorded 12,012 casualties from 1,224 incidents of explosive violence in Syria in 2018 – of which, civilians accounted for 80% (9,587) of total casualties.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV encourages all armed actors to stop using explosive weapons with wide-area affects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.