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Syria shells largest bakery in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib

February 21, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Officials work at the site after the consecutive bomb attacks with two bomb-laden vehicles in Idlib city centre, Syria on 18 February 2019 [Ahmet Rehhal/Anadolu Agency]

Syrian regime forces have shelled and destroyed the largest bakery in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.

Bakery owner Hazem Sarmani told the Anadolu Agency that the Syrian regime forces and allied Iranian groups bombed the city on Tuesday in violation of the Sochi agreement, which established a ceasefire in the region.

Sarmani said the shelling resulted in burning 6,000 litres of diesel and destroying 80,000 tonnes of flour, as well as burning 70 per cent of the bakery; halting bread production.

He pointed out that his bakery is the largest of three bakeries in Khan Sheikhoun, with a production capacity of 200,000 loaves a day that fulfilled the needs of about 10,000 families.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia signed the Sochi ceasefire agreement which included the province of Idlib. Under the agreement, the Syrian opposition withdrew its forces and weapons from the area on 10 October 2018.

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