Russia Airstrikes Kill 9 in Idlib; Israeli Air Strike in the Northern Part of Gaza; Saudi Pilots Training

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Regime, Russia airstrikes kill 9 in Idlib, Syria

Nine civilians were killed and 20 others injured by Syrian Regime and Russian amid overnight airstrikes in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency on Sunday, MEMO reports.

The White Helmets reported that three children were among the victims of the attack on several villages in the Maarat Al Numan district in southern Idlib including Al-Tamanah, Tell Mannas , Maar Shimmareen and Al-Faqie.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.

Israeli jets hit Hamas-held area in Gaza

Israeli jets late Sunday bombed an area in the northern part of Gaza belonging to Izzeddin al-Kassam, Hamas’s armed wing, according to sources on the ground MEMO reports.

Medical sources reported that there were no casualties.

While the Israeli army has yet to make a statement on the bombing, the airstrikes followed three rockets being fired from Gaza at surrounding Israeli settlements earlier Sunday.

The Israeli army said two of the three rockets were intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system.

No one has claimed responsibility for the rockets fired from Gaza.

US training helps Saudi pilots avoid civilian casualties

Saudi pilots in the fight to destroy terrorist cells in Yemen have been receiving high-level training by the US military to reduce civilian casualties, Arab News has learned.

The war against the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen began after they toppled the UN-backed government.

The Saudi-led coalition has made mistakes but has apologized for them. Just over a year ago, for example, the Houthis fired missiles at Jazan and other civilian communities in southwest Saudi Arabia. The Saudis responded with airstrikes; one of the missiles accidentally struck a school bus, killing 30 children.

Since then, Saudi pilots have been working with their US counterparts to improve targeting. Pentagon officials say the training has resulted in a significant reduction in civilian casualties in the Yemen conflict.

“It’s a difficult challenge … but we believe, and the Saudis agree, that everything needs to be done to protect civilians,” said a senior Pentagon official, who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing training.

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Source: MEMO, Arab News