New Russian airstrikes in Idlib; Syrian fighters attempt to escape; Egypt tries to rein Hamas

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Russian airstrikes kill 5 civilians in northern Syria

At least five civilians were killed Wednesday as Russian warplanes carried out new airstrikes in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone Wednesday, according to a Syrian civil defense group, Anadolu reports.

The Syrian opposition aircraft observatory said Russia targeted Ma’arrat al-Numan district, Kafr Rumah town, Serce village as well as Atarib district of Aleppo.

While Russian jets were carrying out airstrikes, the Assad regime’s forces attacked villages in southern Idlib.

The White Helmets civil defense group announced that four civilians died due to the airstrikes and one was killed by the regime’s artillery fire.

The groups said search and rescue operations are continuing in the region and feared the death toll could rise.

On Tuesday, Russian warplanes conducted airstrikes in the de-escalation zone, killing at least 26 civilians.

Turkey has pushed hard for a cease-fire in Idlib after the region endured months of battering by forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies, sending 1 million civilian refugees fleeing toward the Turkish border.

Syria fighters transported to Libya attempt to escape to Italy

Some of the 2,000 Syrian fighters who were transported to Libya to fight alongside the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) against its rival Khalifa Haftar have reportedly fled to Europe, according to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

UK-based media site the Investigative Journal today reported that LNA Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari said: “The mercenaries don’t believe that they will be returning to Turkey or Syria, so trying to get to Europe is the most logical option for them.”

According to Al-Mismari, “147 mercenaries paid down payments to go to Europe,” with at least dozens having reached Italy. In a statement at a press conference he gave on Saturday, the day before the Berlin conference on the Libyan peace process, Al-Mismari addressed his words at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking: “Do you know that in the last 48 hours, over 41 Syrian terrorists went to Italy through ports in Libya?”

Egypt said involved in ‘intensive efforts’ to rein in Hamas, end balloon attacks

Egypt is in involved in “intense efforts” to get the Hamas terror group to end a recent uptick in arson balloon attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip amid fears of a return to violence, Israel TV reported Wednesday.

Terror groups in the Strip have continued launch incendiary devices attached to balloons into Israel in recent days, undeterred by Israel’s threats to respond forcefully to Palestinian attempts to disrupt a major event in Jerusalem attended by many world leaders.

Egypt, which has been the primary mediator in recent efforts to achieve a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, was again involved and had persuaded Hamas to stop the balloon attacks, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported, citing Palestinian sources.

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