Syrian government forces gain control of three villages and hill in Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Wednesday night, the Syrian government forces gained control of three villages and a hill in Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, despite the claimed truce in the area.
A military source in the southern countryside of Idlib reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces entered the villages of Nouhiya Sharkiya and Nouhiya Gharbiya and Tal Khatra in the southeastern countryside of Idlib, with no fighting. The opposition factions withdrew from this area after the Syrian government has recently gained control of the village of al-Barsa and become able to monitor the villages and the hill.
The military source added that the Syrian government forces gained control of the village of Abu Jarif after clashes with the opposition factions and Islamic battalions in the village. In coincidence, Russia and the Syrian government launched 70 airstrikes and hundreds of missiles on the village.
On Jan. 10, 2020, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire in the Idlib governorate starting from Jan. 12, 2020, after the Syrian government forces violated the ceasefire announced by Russia on Jan. 9, 2020.
Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on southern and eastern countryside of Idlib. They intensified the attack on Dec. 20, 2019, as the Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense bombing, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.
The attack is a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on April 25, 2019. In August 2019, the Syrian government gained control of northern Hama countryside and the Khan Sheikhun region. Military analysts and journalists say that the battles’ goal is that the Syrian government and Russia gain control of the Aleppo - Damascus international highway (which connects Turkey with Jordan and the Arab Gulf states) to be opened later under Russian-Turkish sponsorship according to the agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi.