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Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes launch dozens of air raids on Idlib and Aleppo

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Editing: Ayham Nasif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/01/24 17:47

Aleppo - SMART

On Friday, Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes launched dozens of air raids on cities and villages in the governorates of Idlib and Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Activists and military observatories reported to SMART that Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes and helicopters targeted the towns of Khan al-Assal, Khan Tuman, Maarat al-Artiq, Kafr Hamra, Hraitan, and Kafr Naha, in addition to the villages of Khulsa, al-Qarasi, Um Atbah, al-Mansoura, Tal al-Shuayhnah, and the area of the 64th Regiment. Other raids also hit the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin and Halab al-Jadidah in Aleppo.  

Military observatories in Idlib reported that Syrian government forces warplanes and helicoters raided the city of Maarrat al-Nu’man, the towns of Abu al-Duhur, Talmenes, and the villages of Deir Sunbul, al-Barah, Dana, Sarjah, al-Sheikh Idris, Deir Sharqi, Deir Gharbi, Khan al-Subul, Kafr Rumah, al-Gadafa, Maar Shurin, Maar Shamshah, Maar Shamarin, al-Hamidiah, al-Sawameh, Hass, Banin, Hantutin, and Babilla. The raids caused only material damage.

On Friday, the National Liberation Front of the Free Syrian Army announced destroying a Syrian government forces missile launcher near the neighborhood of Halab al-Jadidah, using heavy artillery shells.  

Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on the 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 shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

This attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on Idlib on Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern countryside of Hama and the  area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this military operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries.