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Airstrikes Pound Syria’s Sarmin, in Idlib Province

Airstrikes from the Syrian regime and its Russian ally pound the town of Sarmin in the northwestern Idlib province, Friday, February 21, where fighting is ongoing between pro-regime forces and Turkish-backed rebel fighters.
READ MORE: U.N. agencies report around 3 million civilians are trapped in Idlib, unable to escape to other countries because borders with Syria have been closed. As a consequence, they say most of the displaced are moving into increasingly crowded areas toward the border between Idlib and Turkey.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman Jens Laerke said about one-third or 330,000 of the displaced have fled to nearby areas in northern Aleppo, which also are under fire.

"The frontlines and relentless violence continue to move closer to these areas, which are packed with displaced people, with bombardments increasingly affecting displacement sites and their vicinity. We call for an immediate cease-fire to prevent further suffering and what we fear may end in a bloodbath,” Laerke said.


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