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Two dead in Syrian army shelling

September 24, 2023

SARMIN, Syria: Two civilians were killed on Saturday after government forces fired rockets that struck a displaced persons’ camp in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, rescuers and an AFP correspondent said.

“Two civilians were killed (an elderly man and a woman) and two others were injured (a child in critical condition and a man) by regime forces rocket strikes that hit a camp... on the outskirts of Sarmin in the eastern countryside of Idlib,” said the White Helmets rescue group that operates in rebel-held parts of Syria.

The area is close to the front line between government forces and the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) group, which controls swathes of Idlib province, as well as parts of neighbouring Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces.

The AFP correspondent said a missile that came from the direction of government-controlled areas hit a tent, burning it to a crisp. The rescuers said they had put out the fire.