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Opposition factions gain control of three villages near Aleppo-Latakia highway in Idlib

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Editing: Mais Noor Aldeen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/26 15:42
Update date: 2020/02/26 17:32

Idlib - SMART

On Wednesday, opposition factions gained control of three villages, eastern Idlib, Northern Syria, near the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4).

Seif al-Raad, media office member of the Syrian National Army's National Liberation Front, reported to SMART that the factions gained control of the villages of Afes, Mujairiz, and al-Salhiyeh, 12 kilometers east of Idlib. The factions reached the bridge of the city of Saraqib after clashes with the Syrian government forces.

Al-Raad added that Free Syrian Army factions and Islamist battalions killed ten Syrian government forces members and seized three tanks, a machine gun, and two bulldozers in the clashes. Al-Raad noted that the importance of gaining control of these villages is that they are spotting the Aleppo-Latakia international highway.

The opposition factions are advancing against the Sytian government forces, eastern Idlib. The factions gained control of the villages of Maarrat Alya, Jawbas, and San near the Aleppo-Latakia international highway. The Syrian government forces continue to advance to towns and villages, southern Idlib. Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian government forces gained control of 21 villages. On Feb. 25, 2020, the Syrian government forces gained control of the city of Kafr Nubl and nearby villages of Bsakla and Hass. 

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 operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this 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, and the Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M4).