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After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

2019/05/17 | 01:40

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in

northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border

without enough food and no place else to go, Reuters reported.They are some of the 180,000 people who have escaped an

upsurge in violence in the last major Syrian rebel stronghold in the last few

weeks. It marks the most intense escalation between President Bashar al-Assad

and his rebel enemies since last summer, with dozens killed in the shelling of

insurgent territory.“The house fell in over my children and grandchildren at night...

but God saved them, they emerged from the rubble,” said a 70-year-old woman who

gave her name as Aziza as she spoke under the shade of an olive tree.Aziza’s family is one of scores who fled targeted parts of

southern Idlib and northern Hama province and are now living in the olive

groves at the Turkish border.There is no room for them at the nearby camp for the

displaced in the town of Atmeh.Aziza fled her town of Kfar Nabuda with 17 relatives nearly

two weeks ago, taking nothing with her, as the warplanes flew overhead. The

exodus has left many towns and villages empty.Some have made makeshift tents by stringing sheets between

the olive trees. Infants sleep under mosquito nets suspended from the branches.

One of the shelters was equipped with a kitchen stove.The jihadist Tahrir al-Sham is the dominant insurgent

faction in the northwest. Rebels launched a counterattack this week to counter

ground advances by Syrian government forces.AIR STRIKESAir strikes have struck 18 health facilities and violence

has destroyed at least 16 schools, UN humanitarian adviser Najat Rochdi told

reporters in Geneva.“Aerial bombardment, including the reported use of barrel

bombs causing severe damage to civilian infrastructures and civilian casualties

is a war practice which goes against every single humanitarian principle,” she

said.Medical charity UOSSM said the Tarmala Maternity and

Children’s Hospital was destroyed by an air strike on Wednesday, but there were

no casualties as it had been evacuated.The Syrian government says it is responding to attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants.Much of the bombardment has hit a buffer zone agreed in

September under a Russian-Turkish deal that spared the region and its 3 million

residents from a full-blown assault.Ankara, which backs some rebels, has deployed forces into

the region in agreement with Russia. They are stationed at a dozen positions,

one of which was hit by shelling from Syrian government territory.Turkey has called on the Syrian government to stop the

attacks. Still, Abu Abdo al-Khani said Ankara’s deal with Moscow had failed to

help his family.“We were supposed to be within the secure zone, where is

it?” Khani, 30, said. “Where are (Turkish President) Erdogan and his guarantees

to protect us?”Khani’s family fled the town of Khan Sheikhoun on foot

through the countryside. He said they had received some blankets and water in

the olive field.“We haven’t showered in 15 days... We’re living under the trees

at the border, who would accept such a life?”











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