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Dozens of people demonstrate against Syrian government on first day of Eid al-Fitr in Idlib and Binnish

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/05/24 09:56

Idlib - SMART

On the first day of Eid al-Fitr, dozens of people demonstrated and protested against the Syrian government forces in the cities of Idlib and Binnish, Northern Syria.

Activists reported to SMART that dozens of civilians cried out against the Syrian regime after the Eid prayers in the al-Sa’aa square in the city of Idlib.

The activists added that dozens of people from Binnish organized a protest and raised banners that read, “Release detainees from al-Assad prisons,” “We want to return home safely without al-Assad,” and, “Prosecute the terrorist Bashar al-Assad.”

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.