BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the Idlib Governorate has attacked the Christian city of Al-Sqaylabiyeh for the second straight day, a source in the area told Al-Masdar News this morning.
According to the source, the jihadist rebels fired rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and artillery shells into Al-Sqaylabiyeh, hitting a number of homes in the predominately Antiochian Orthodox city.
On Sunday, the jihadist rebels launched an identical attack that killed six people, including five children.
The Christian city has long been targeted the jihadist rebels because of their resistance to their attacks.
Al-Sqaylabiyeh is home to one of the most powerful units from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the ISIS Hunters.
During the jihadist offensive in northwestern Hama in 2014, Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) repeatedly tried to capture Al-Sqaylabiyeh and the nearby Christian city of Mhardeh; however, the locals fought off all of their attacks.
Al-Sqaylabiyeh is also home to a large number of displaced civilians from the Hama and Idlib governorates; they fled to the city to escape the violence taking place in and around their homes.