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Carnage in Syria-Turkey border town

At least 22 people were killed in Friday's airstrikes on Darkoush.

Darkoush. (Facebook/Idlib Civil Defense)

BEIRUT – Deadly airstrikes have rocked a picturesque town in northern Idlib near the Turkish border, despite a three-day ceasefire announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that warplanes struck Darkoush on Friday, killing at least 15 people, including a child, and injuring 40 others.

 

“The death toll is expected to rise due to the number of severely injured people and missing,” the monitoring NGO added in its terse report on the incident.

 

Darkoush smoke

Smoke rises over Darkoush following Friday's bombardment. (Facebook/Darkoush City)

 

“Warplanes hit the center of the town, including a crowd of civilians,” activists told the activist Shaam News Network.

 

The Idlib Civil Defense Force—more commonly known as the White Helmets—condemned the attack, calling it a “horrific massacre” while saying that jets dropped cluster bombs on the town. 

 

A news outlet based in the Darkoush said that 22 people were killed in the airstrikes, which allegedly hit the town’s corniche along the Orontes River as well as a site near a home in the historic locale, which was the site of protests against the Al-Nusra Front in March 2016.

 

Darkoush bridge

Situated approximately 5 kilometers from the Turkish border, Darkoush was knock for its natural beauty. 

 

The Darkoush City Facebook page posted a series of graphic images showing the destruction wrought by the bombardment.

 

Darkoush body

A body lies in the streets of Darkous. (Facebook/Darkoush City)

 

Friday’s aerial strikes comes after Syria’s army issued a statement that a “ regime of calm will be implemented across all territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for a period of 72 hours from 1 a.m. on July 6 until 2400 on July 8, 2016.”

 

Darkoush carnage

Carnage in Darkoush following Friday's airstrikes. (Facebook/Darkoush City)

 

Rebels and activists greeted the ceasefire claim with doubts, with violations being reported in the past two days, which mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. Amin Nasr translated Arabic-language material. 

Idlib White Helmet volunteers on the scene in Darkoush. (Facebook/Idlib Civil Defense)

Warplanes hit the center of the town, including a crowd of civilians.