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FSA and Islamic battalions regain control of areas south of Idlib

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Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/02/17 11:17

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic battalions regained control of areas south of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, after clashes with Syrian government forces.

Military sources reported to SMART that the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Ansar al-Tawhid battalion, and the National Liberation Front, which operates with the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, regained control of areas on the perimeter of the village of Rakaya Sijnah after the Syrian government forces advanced to the village earlier.

The sources added that on Feb. 16, 2020, the Syrian government forces and their allied militias gained control of Rakaya Sijnah, after artillery and missile shelling. The Syrian government forces withdrew from the village after clashes with opposition factions and Islamic battalions.

The Syrian government forces and their allied militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground attack on the southern and western Aleppo countryside, and the southern and eastern Idlib countryside. During this attack, the Syrian government forces gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the area, following intensified bombings with different kinds of weapons. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forces hundreds of thousands to displace.

This attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation launched on Idlib in Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the Khan Shaykhun area. 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.