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Syria: Regime hits area near Turkish observation point

It was third attack by regime forces near Turkish observation point in Idlib over past two weeks

Esref Musa and Burak Karacaoglu   | 12.05.2019
Syria: Regime hits area near Turkish observation point

IDLIB, Syria

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime carried out an artillery attack near Turkish observation point in Idlib de-escalation zone on Sunday, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground.

There was no damage at the observation point located in the Zawiya region, northwest of Hama.

This was third attack of regime forces near the observation point in two weeks. The similar attacks near the observation point was carried out on April 29 and May 4.

It is one of 12 observation points set up by the Turkish Armed Forces in May 2018, following the ninth round of Astana Peace Talks.

As guarantor of the Syrian regime, Russia is responsible for preventing attacks by regime forces and Iranian-backed militias, who repeatedly violated last year’s Sochi agreement that aimed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.

* Writing by Fatih Hafiz Mehmet

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