Opposition factions regain control of Saraqib city, Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Thursday, opposition factions regained control of the city of Saraqib, 15 kilometers east of Idlib, Northern Syria.
In a statement, the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Syrian National Army said that its fighters regained control of the strategic city of Saraqib, blocking the Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M5) and the Latakia-Aleppo international highway (M4).
On Feb. 7, 2020, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias gained control of Saraqib after Islamist battalions withdrew.
The NLF added that its fighters killed dozens of Syrian government forces members and seized a tank, an infantry BMP vehicle, two 23 mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
The Syrian government forces continue to advance in the southern Idlib countryside. On Feb. 26, 2020, the Syrian government forces gained control of more than 23 villages in the areas of Zawiya Mountain and Shashabo Mountain near the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4).
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).