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Syrian government forces gain control of five villages in Idlib

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/24 08:09

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, the Syrian government forces gained control of five villages in the southern Idlib countryside, Northern Syria.

Local and military sources reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces gained control of the villages of al-Naqir, Sheikh Mustafa, Kafr Sijnah, Rakaya, Sheikh Dames, and the al-Nar strategic hill. 

The sources added that the area is important due to the hill that overlooks most of the southern Idlib countryside, hence nearby villages come in the Syrian government forces’ fire range. 

The sources noted that the Syrian government forces gained control of the villages after a ground attack backed by airstrikes and artillery shelling, amid clashes with Islamic battalions and opposition factions. 

On Feb. 23, 2020, the Syrian government forces gained control of the village of Hantoteen, southern Idlib. 

The Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. 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.