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Child among casualties of Idlib city centre blast

By Waleed Abu al-Khair in Cairo


Civilians and Tahrir al-Sham elements stand at the site of the October 21st explosion in the Idlib city centre. [Photo courtesy of Haisam al-Idlibi]

Five people were killed, among them an 8-year-old boy, and more than 12 were wounded Sunday (October 21st), when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near al-Radwa mosque in the Idlib city centre, a local activist said.

Some of the wounded remain in critical condition, with head wounds caused by shrapnel, Idlib activist Haisam al-Idlibi told Diyaruna.

The IED had been planted under a civilian vehicle on al-Qusour Street, near a food distribution centre, al-Idlibi said.

"The explosion occurred just before food aid was to be distributed by a local relief organisation," he added, noting that "the toll would have been much higher had the blast occurred just a short time later".


The first moments after the explosion in the Idlib city centre on October 21st. [Photo courtesy of Haisam al-Idlibi]

Among those killed in the bombing are two Tahrir al-Sham elements who came to Idlib from the Quneitra region as part of the settlement agreements with the Syrian regime, he said.

The blast left a crater 1.5 metres deep, according to eyewitnesses, and caused significant damage to public property and surrounding homes, al-Idlibi said.

The Sunday incident is the latest in a series of ongoing explosions and assassinations in Idlib, he noted.

These include the recent dismantling of an IED placed in front of al-Shaheed Bashir Hilli school in the city of Jisr al-Shughour by a special civil defence team before it could explode and cause casualties among students, he said.

Meanwhile, al-Idlibi noted, local residents have observed a heavy deployment of Tahrir al-Sham elements on the line extending from the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey to the town of Maarat Misrin.

They also have noted the deployment of Tahrir al-Sham elements at checkpoints, particularly at the entrances of towns and villages, he said.

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