"The market was packed with civilians, leading to a massacre and widespread destruction,” the White Helmets announced on their Facebook page alongside photos of its paramedic removing bodies from the market. A beheaded man laid in a pool of blood in the market.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmets also reported another airstrike on the nearby town of Saraqeb, claiming the strike killed and wounded several people.
Syrian troops launched a four-month offensive earlier this year against Idlib. Additionally, since the first half of November, attacks by the Assad regime and its ally, Russia, have displaced some 40,000 civilians within the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to Syria's Response Coordination Group, a local nongovernmental organization.Last September, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited. The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.
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