Idlib pays price amidst regime push

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Regime forces attacked a market in the town of Darkoush to the northwest of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib on Tuesday, in what activists have termed a “massacre,” opposition news outlet Syria Mubasher reported on Wednesday. “Regime planes targeted the main market of the town of Darkoush with three vacuum missiles, killing up to 22 civilians, including women and children,” media activist Hussein A-Tawil told Syria Direct on Wednesday. Victims of the attack could not be treated locally, he added, “since the hospital in town is no longer functioning because it was bombed more than ten days ago.” Also in Idlib province, activists and opposition media reported that regime helicopters had used chemical weapons in two villages to the west of Jisr al-Shughur, pro-opposition Siraj Press reported on Tuesday, resulting in 50 cases of suffocation, reported pro-opposition Smart News Network. Regime forces “targeted [the village of Mishmishan] with barrel bombs filled with pressurized canisters containing poison chlorine gas,” activist Tariq Abdul Haq from the Jusr al-Shughour Coordination told Syria Direct on Wednesday, after which the Civil Defense transported those affected to field hospitals for treatment. The Jisr al-Shughour Civil Defense circulated videos and images of gas canisters used the reported attacks on social media Tuesday.