Twin bombs kill 15 and injure 25 in Syria’s Idlib, days after the Turkey-Russia-Iran summit

SYRIAN OPPOSITION activists have reported how two bomb blasts have killed fifteen people and injured 25 in the suburb of Idlib, Syria.

This happened on Monday in a neighborhood controlled by former al Qaeda ally insurgents who fought Turkey backed groups.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blasts happened during rush hour on Monday after an explosive device was planted in a parked car. The blasts happened within seconds of one another in the early afternoon.

Many civil aid workers were among the casualties. Eyewitnesses told how the second bomb targeted them when they were rushing to the scene as an effort to help wounded people.

The city has been hit with bombings recently, killing scores of people, according to local sources.

Idlib, in northwest Syria, is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militia, marking the last stronghold of opposition groups in the country, who rebelled against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

The jihadist group seized control of most of the city this month, following fights that lasted months with Turkish-backed militias.

Having wide influence in northern Syria, HTS includes the former Syrian al Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front.

Idlib, near the Turkish border, is targeted by the Syrian government which has vowed to recapture all of Syria and has control of regions previously controlled by rebels.

Along with Iran, Russia is a key ally of Syria in its effort to maintain full control of the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow, Ankara, and Iran had agreed to clear Idlib from “terrorists,” words he uttered after a summit in Sochi on February 14. The Kremlin said there would be no military operations in the city.

A disagreement, however, came off when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that “joint operations can be held at any time” Idlib, on his return from Sochi.

Efforts were exerted to stop jihadist groups from terrorizing the area, Erdogan added.

“Our MIT [National Intelligence Organization] is working intensely. They are trying to prevent [terrorist actions],” Hurriyet Daily quoted Erdogan.

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