KINSIBBA, Syria – A series of artillery shells exploded near the main street of the Syrian village of Kinsibba near the border with Turkey on Tuesday, sending a group of visiting international reporters running for cover and underscoring the limits of Syria’s partial cease-fire.
The journalists were visiting the government-controlled village – five kilometers south of the Turkish border – on a trip organized
by Russia’s defense and foreign ministries.
Reporters were walking across the village which was seized in a recent government offensive, and was talking to locals when the first shell struck a hillside a few hundred meters away. Russian officers yelled at journalists to lie down, and they ducked as more shells fell and landed closer to the group. A Russian armored personnel carrier rushed forward to screen the reporters from direct hits.