Regime shelling killed 10 civilians and wounded 30 others in Syria’s rebel-controlled Idlib region on Thursday, in the latest violence to threaten a seven-month-old truce, a war monitor said.
Rocket fire targeted a village and an adjacent camp for the internally displaced in Idlib’s southeastern countryside, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Regime ally Russia and rebel-backer Turkey in September inked a buffer zone deal to prevent a massive regime offensive on the Idlib region, near the Turkish border.
But the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham took full control of it in January.
The UN has expressed concern over escalating violence, warning that the flare-up is threatening aid deliveries to some 2.7 million people in need.
Iran, Russia and Turkey are set to discuss the Idlib deal during a fresh round of talks on April 25-26 in Kazakhstan.
Delegations from the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups are also expected to participate, according to the Kazakh foreign ministry.