Russia accuses US of risking Idlib ceasefire with strike

Russia accuses US of risking Idlib ceasefire with missile strike
2 min read
01 September, 2019
The US strike, which targeted leaders of Al-Qaeda in Syria, killed at least 40 militants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The United Nations says the violence there has displaced more than 400,000 people [Getty]
Russia accused the United States on Sunday of having "compromised" a fragile ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib by launching a missile strike against militant leaders there.

The Americans hit the region "without advance notice to Russia or Turkey", which both have troops on the ground in Idlib, the Russian military said. It described the attack as "indiscriminate".

The strike caused "great losses and destruction," the Russian defence ministry added in a statement, accusing Washington of having "compromised the ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of Idlib."

The US strike, which targeted leaders of Al-Qaeda in Syria, killed at least 40 jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It came as renewed Syrian regime bombardment of Idlib killed a civilian in the first violation of a Russian-backed truce for the region that came into effect just hours before.

Syrian regime airstrikes on the opposition-held Idlib region had halted earlier Saturday, after the regime agreed to a Moscow-backed ceasefire following four months of deadly bombardment that killed more than 950 civilians, the monitor said.

Saturday's truce is the second such agreement between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and militants since August 1. 

The Idlib region is home to some three million people, nearly half of whom have been displaced from other parts of Syria.

The United Nations says the violence there has displaced more than 400,000 people.

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