Syria regime and Russia resume Idlib airstrikes after scrapping truce

Damascus and Russia resumed airstrikes on Idlib in northwest Syria on Monday, a monitor said, scrapping a cease-fire for the jihadi-run bastion and accusing the regime’s opponents of targeting a Russian airbase.

The northwestern region, which hosts some 3 million people, is one of the last major centers of resistance to President Bashar Assad’s regime after eight years of war.

Damascus said Thursday it had agreed to a truce from Friday to halt three months of regime and Russian bombardment on the area, which has killed more than 790 civilians and pushed 400,000 people from their homes.

But jihadis running the region on Saturday refused to comply with a key condition to that truce, declaring they would never withdraw from a planned buffer zone around the area.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime airstrikes resumed on the region minutes after the truce was canceled, before Russian planes joined in too.

Russian planes pounded the western edge of the enclave, while aircraft from both sides resumed bombardment of its southern flank, the Britain-based war monitor said.