‘Idlib is a bargaining chip’: civilians brace as Assad air assault escalates

Renewed regime attacks have killed hundreds in the Syrian opposition’s last stronghold

Instead of looking forward to the pre-dawn Ramadan meal of suhoor, Dr Firas al-Jundi was cradling his scared children and surveying the damage done to his home by Syrian government airstrikes.

At least 11 people died in the overnight bombing on Wednesday of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, the Syrian opposition’s last stronghold in the country, in the latest spasm of violence in an escalated campaign on the area by Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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‘Idlib is a bargaining chip’: civilians brace as Assad air assault escalates