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Opposition factions block Syrian government forces advance attempt near Kafr Nubl, southern Idlib

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Editing: Kaled Abdul-hamid |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/23 08:36

Idlib - SMART

On Saturday, opposition factions blocked a Syrian government forces advance attempt near the city of Kafr Nubl, southern Idlib, Northern Syria.

A military source, who preferred to stay anonymous, reported to SMART that the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, alongside fighters of the al-Sham Legion clashed with the Syrian government forces and their allied militias near Kafr Nubl and Kansafra, southern Idlib, using light and medium weapons.

The source added that the clashes lasted for several hours, preventing the Syrian government forces from advancing, without any casualties among both clashing parties.

Earlier on Saturday, during a similar advance attempt, clashes with the Syrian National Army and Islamist battalions killed and injured dozens of Syrian government forces members in the village of al-Fatirah, south of the city of Idlib.

On Mar. 5, 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced reaching a ceasefire agreement in Idlib that entered into force on Mar. 6, 2020 at 00:01.

Earlier, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, launched 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 intensified shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and forced hundreds of thousands to displace.

The attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation, which was launched on Apr. 25, 2019. During the operation, the Syrian government forces gained control of the northern Hama countryside and the Khan Shaykhun area in August 2019. Military analysts and journalists said that the operation aims to gain total control of the Aleppo-Damascus (M5) international highway, which links Turkey, Jordan, and the Arab Gulf countries, and the Aleppo-Latakia (M4) highway, to reopen them later under a Russian sponsorship.