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“Surprise! Surprise!”: HTS Strikes Aleppo City Immediately After Start Of Idlib Ceasefire (Photos)

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Update: Syrian state TV reported that the number of casualties grew to three civilians, with at least five others injured.

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Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) violated the new ceasefire a few hours after it started, shelling civilian areas in Aleppo’s city center.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), several munitions landed on January 12 morning in the districts of Shahba, al-Khalidiyah, al-Neil, al-Sabeel and Tishreen.

A source in Aleppo Police Command told the state-run news agency that two civilians were killed and three others were injured in the shelling. Local sources confirmed the losses, revealing that most of the wounded are children.

"Surprise! Surprise!": HTS Strikes Aleppo City Immediately After Start Of Idlib Ceasefire (Photos)

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"Surprise! Surprise!": HTS Strikes Aleppo City Immediately After Start Of Idlib Ceasefire (Photos)

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A new ceasefire in Greater Idlib, that was brokered by Russian and Turkey, became active at January 11 midnight. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) committed to the ceasefire, halting all ground and aerial operations in the region.

Local observers had warned that HTS and its allies will not respect in the new ceasefire. Last year, the terrorist groups took advantage of similar initiatives to reorganize their forces and launch more attacks, mainly on civilian areas around Greater Idlib.

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