An OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missile launched by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) late on late on November 20 reportedly struck a refugee camp in the vicinity of the town of Kah a few kilometers away from the border from Turkey.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) as always declared that the strike killed or injured a number of civilians. According to the pro-militant outlet, at least sixteen civilians, mostly women and children, died in the incident.
Pro-government sources said that the missile was intended to hit an ammo depot located right next to the camp.
The sound of secondary explosions can be heard clearly in a video showing the aftermath of the missile impact. In another video, one of the first responders on site can be heard warning others from “ammunition in the corner.”
Tochka-type missiles can have a circular error probable (CEP) of between 150-70 meters depending on the variant. The missiles fragmentation warhead has a lethal radius more than 200 m, which may explain how nearby refugee’s tents were hit.
Just like most areas in northern Idlib, Kha is controlled by al-Qaeda-afflicted Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The terrorist group and its allies are known for storing weapons in civilian areas, especially near the border with Turkey.
Last month, a Russian pinpoint airstrike destroyed an ammo depot of HTS that was hidden right behind civilian buildings in the town of Darkush near the Turkish border. Secondary explosions killed several civilians and a member of the White Helmets organization.
In many other cases, ammo stored by HTS inside Idlib’s heavy populated city center exploded killing or injuring militants and civilians. Jaysh al-Izza, a close ally of HTS, actively train its fighters a few meters away from refugee camps in Idlib. The group even holds live fire drills there.
This systematic use of civilians in Idlib as human shields by HTS and its allies goes unnoticed by main stream media that are now attempting to exploit the blood of Kha’s victims to justify actions of these terrorist groups.