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Moderate opposition takes key village in northern Syria

Key village of al-Nayrab in northern Syria taken by moderate opposition forces after clashes with Assad regime

Mehmet Burak Karacaoglu, Esref Musa, and Omer Koparan   | 24.02.2020
Moderate opposition takes key village in northern Syria

IDLIB, Syria

Moderate opposition forces on Monday took a key village in northern Syria after clashes with the Assad regime and its allies in the region.

Moderate forces took the village of al-Nayrab in Saraqib – a gateway into the embattled Idlib province ­– after an operation that started on midday against Iranian-backed terrorist groups, regime forces, and Russian warplanes.

Regime forces withdrew from the village with many casualties.

The city was an opposition stronghold, and it occupies a strategic location on the junction between the M5 highway which links Damascus to Aleppo and the M4 highway which connects Aleppo to Latakia.

Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN figures.

Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018. The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the territory where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The de-escalation zone is currently home to about four million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces throughout the war-torn country.

Some one million Idlib refugees have moved towards the nearby Turkish border in recent months, fleeing attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, and producing a desperate humanitarian situation.

Turkey has called for an immediate halt to the attacks on Idlib, and for the cease-fire to be followed, warning that if the attacks do not stop Turkey will act.

* Writing by Dilara Hamit in Ankara

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