Footage provided by the Syrian Civil Defense shows a Syrian government helicopter dropping a barrel bomb on a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria, Wednesday, January 22.
READ MORE: The barrel bomb fell in the town of Maarat al-Numan, southeast of Idlib province, which has been the subject of several attacks by government forces.
Syrian government forces have been waging an offensive on Idlib for weeks despite a Russia-Turkey negotiated cease-fire.
The European Union Thursday condemned renewed fighting around a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, demanding an end to "unacceptable" airstrikes that have killed civilians.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, is tightening the noose around Idlib, the last major rebel-held bastion in Syria's civil war, with airstrikes killing at least 23 civilians Tuesday.
"The renewal of the offensive in Idlib, including repeated airstrikes and shelling targeting civilians, are unacceptable and must cease," an EU spokesman said in a statement. (AP/AFP)