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Introduction: Up to 14 persons and more than 30 were injured due to an explosion of a car bomb in the middle of Idlib city[1]- center of the province- on May 12, 2018. According to many testimonies obtained by STJ, the explosion occurred in front of the Palace of Justice, where the ministries of Salvation Government[2] affiliated to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)[3] take as headquarter. The explosion also affected another headquarter, adjacent to the Palace of Justice, where it contains a temporary prison of HTS. In addition,...
Introduction: The Syrian regular forces and their allies have continued their military escalation on Idlib province during May 2018. Nine civilians from one family were killed following shelling a shelter in Maar Zita town located in Idlib countryside. Several testimonies obtained by STJ confirmed that a warplane, believed to be Russian, carried out an airstrike on the place where the shelter lies using two vacuum (thermobaric) rockets, and killing an entire family, who had sheltered in it to escape the shelling; the majority were women and children,. According to STJ's field researcher, Maar Zita town
Introduction: During April 2018, cities and towns of the northern countryside of Hama witnessed a violent military escalation by Syrian regular forces and their allies; they were bombarded with several types of weapons, including incendiary substances. On April 26, 2018, Kafr Zita city[1] was shelled with several artillery shells loaded with incendiary substances similar to phosphorous, causing significant material damage to civilians' property. Kafr Zita had been already bombarded with incendiary substances three times in April 2018. Shelling of the Syrian regular forces was not limited only to Kafr Zita, as...