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Opposition factions gain control of Maarrat Alya village near Aleppo-Latakia highway in Idlib

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa Mais Noor Aldeen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/25 12:26

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, opposition factions gained control of the village of Maarrat Alya, 13 kilometers southeast of Idlib, Northern Syria, near the Aleppo-Latakia (M4) international highway. It is the second village after al-Nayrab, of which the factions regained control near the highway. 

Seif al-Raad, media office member of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Syrian National Army, reported to SMART that the opposition factions gained control of Maarrat Alya after clashes with the Syrian government forces who were forced to withdraw to the city of Saraqib.

Al-Raad added that the opposition factions killed dozens of Syrian government forces members and seized a BMP infantry fighting vehicle, a Shilka armored vehicle, and an anti-tank guided weapon.

On Feb. 23, 2020, Free Syrian Army factions regained control of al-Nayrab, as the Turkish Army shelled a Syrian government forces military convoy in the area.

On Feb. 24, 2020, the Syrian government forces reached the perimeter of the city of Kafr Nubl, and gained control of the villages of Maaret Hurmah, Maarzita, Jbala, al-Naqeer, Sheikh Mustafa, Kafr Sijnah, Rakaya, and Sheikh Dames, in addition to the al-Nar strategic hill. Opposition factions regained control of the village of al-Rweihah.

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.