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Hundreds of civilians gather near Turkish border in attempt to head to Germany

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/02 17:14

Idlib - SMART

On Sunday, hundreds of civilians gathered near Turkish border in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, in an attempt to head to Germany on foot.

ِAbout 1,000 civilians gathered near Turkish border in the Harem area, 50 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria. The civilians named the campaign "From Idlib to Berlin," in an attempt to cross Turkish border and head to Berlin. 

The participants in the campaign have not tried to cross Turkish border yet, and Turkish border guards have not tried to drive them away. The Turkish border guards asked the civilians to start the campaign from the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, under the pretext that Turkey will allow women to cross the border from there.

The campaign's organizers posted photos on social media show the participants raising signs explaining that Russia and Syrian government forces bomb civilians and infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, while the international community only watches massacres and displacement. 

On Aug. 30, 2019, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham prevented civilians from reaching the Bab al-Hawa border crossing near the city of Idlib. The civilians wanted to participate in a demonstration at Turkish border. 

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 western Aleppo countryside and the Idlib eastern and southern countryside. 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.