Terrorists in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone appear to have turned to sniper rifles as their weapon of choice.
Doctors in Syria’s Aleppo have been treating a number of injured persons targeted by sniper rifles. Some 90% of those admitted to hospital with wounds caused by the weapons die, doctors say.
“When the ceasefire started, we thought there would be fewer people injured. But this was not so at all. We had nearly 80 wounded people in a very serious condition. And 25 people died. Most of the wounds were caused by sniper rifles," chief doctor at the department for combat wounds, Abdurhamid il-Aga was quoted as saying by TASS on Wednesday.
Russia and Turkey agreed on introducing a ceasefire in March and a range of other measures aimed at ironing out the crisis in Idlib.
Nino Anas, a neurosurgeon, said head injury was caused in many cases due to firing from sniper rifles. “Apparently, the enemy has obtained new weapons, which can strike from over 2km,” he added.
“Even if those with head injuries do survive, they will remain handicapped,” Abdurhamid said.
On Wednesday, an unverified video circulating on Twitter shows Turkey-backed GNA troops attacking Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by warlord Khalifa Haftar, with their US-made Barrett M82A1 (standardized by the US military as M107) .50 caliber sniper rifles.