Why did the Syrian regime attack Idlib’s Jarjanaz on 24 November?

Over recent weeks, regime forces launched multiple attacks on the town of Jarjanaz, in southern Idlib province, claiming the lives of more than 20 civilians and displacing hundreds. Shelling on 24 November struck a school with hundreds of students inside, and left three schoolchildren and two teachers dead. One Civil Defence (White Helmets) worker was injured while tending to victims. In the wake of these attacks, many have been left wondering why Jarjanaz has felt the brunt of the regime’s recent military escalations in the north. Jarjanaz is a small, densely populated town of around 23,000 residents and 7,500 internally displaced Syrians from around the country. A ceasefire was established in the town and surrounding areas in the Syrian northwest...