Syrian regime shelling killed nine civilians including seven children Saturday in a planned buffer zone around the country's last major rebel bastion, a war monitor reported.
“A teacher and four schoolchildren were among the victims after the shelling hit near a school in the northwestern province of Idlib,” AFP reported quoting an account documented and published by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The teacher and four children were leaving the school in the town of Jarjanaz in the southeast of Idlib province when the artillery fire hit, said SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman.
Regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September agreed to set up a demilitarised cordon around the region of Idlib to stave off a massive regime offensive.
The September 17th deal was intended to protect three million inhabitants in the Idlib region, but Syria's regime has insisted that the buffer zone deal is temporary and that Idlib will eventually revert to its control.