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Syrian government forces enter Kafr Nubl and gain control of two villages, southern Idlib

Editing: Mais Noor Aldeen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/02/25 18:18

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces entered the city of Kafr Nubl, southern Idlib, Northern Syria. The Syrian government forces also gained control of two villages near Kafr Nubl after clashes with opposition factions.

A military source, who asked to remain anonymous, reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces entered Kafr Nubl, where they clashed with Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions and Islamist battalions in the eastern neighborhood.

Captain Naji, spokesperson for the National Liberation Front and a FSA media worker, reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces gained control of the villages of Hass and Bsakla near Kafr Nubl. No further details were reported.

On Feb. 24, 2020, the Syrian government forces reached the perimeter 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.

Shelling with different kinds of internationally prohibited weapons hit Kafr Nubl, most notably a shelling by the Syrian government forces with cluster and incendiary shells on a public market in Kafr Nubl city center, killing and injuring 12 civilians.

People of Kafr Nubl were the pioneers of peaceful demonstrations against the Syrian government. Kafr Nubl became famous for the banners and caricatures that activists raised denouncing Syrian government forces’ violations and the silence of the international community toward massacres against civilians in the Idlib governorate and other Syrian regions.

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, after intense bombings. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to displace.

This attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation launched on Idlib on 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.