An explosion ripped through a residential neighborhood in Idlib province’s Jisr a-Shughour early Wednesday morning, killing more than a dozen civilians and sending massive plumes of black smoke over the city center.
Dawn had just broken over Saraqeb on Sunday, when a constellation of cluster munitions burst over the town and ripped through its local council building. It was the fourth consecutive day of shelling over the northwestern Syrian town, part of a wave of bombardment that also struck more than a dozen cities and villages in rebel-held Idlib province. Homes, government buildings and morning markets were hit, leaving dozens of dead and wounded.
The spring equinox celebration of Nowruz is usually marked by Kurdish communities with massive public feasts, ceremonial leaps over beds of flames and theatrical performances in town squares that recount epic tales of ancient mythology.This year, though, as the Aleppo provincial city of Afrin marks one year under Turkish proxy control, a very different scene was on display.
In rebel-held Idlib province, Islamist coalition Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham has launched a crackdown on suspected hardline rivals in Syria’s northwest, following a wave of bombings and assassinations largely blamed on Islamic State sleeper cells.
Last week, a suspected Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber detonated themself inside a crowded restaurant in downtown Idlib city, killing several members of hardline faction Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham (HTS), which controls most of Syria’s rebel-held northwest.
The fight to clear the scattered tents and buildings that demarcate the last vestiges of the Islamic State (IS), and its self-proclaimed “caliphate,” has wound on for weeks in Baghouz—a small village on the banks of the Euphrates River, close to the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Syria’s 2011 uprising gave hundreds of Syrian journalists a new voice to tell their country’s story. But have men and women been given an equal voice? What if the language we use to describe Syrian issues is, in and of itself, biased? What if we’re missing half the story?