Hundreds of demonstrators in Idlib demand return of displaced people and achieve Syrian revolution goals
Idlib - SMART
On Monday, hundreds of people demonstrated in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, demanding the return of displaced people to their villages and towns, and the achievement of Syrian revolution goals.
Activists participating in the demonstration reported to SMART that more than 2000 people demonstrated on the road between the cities of Sarmin and Idlib, under the slogan "Flood of Return." The demonstrators demanded the return of displaced people to their villages and towns, the overthrow of the Syrian regime, and the release of detainees in Syrian government's prisons.
The activists added that the demonstration started from the eastern entrance to Idlib to the neighborhoods of Sarmin. The demonstrators raised banners reading, "If you, guarantor, do not guarantee our return to our cities and villages, then what did you guarantee?" and "We will not lose hope, it is the great Syria, not the al-Assad's Syria."
Bassam Tafran, a demonstrator who was displaced from the city of Khan Sheikhun, said, "We came here to demand our right to return to our villages and cities. From the Turkish observation post in Sarmin, we demand the Turkish guarantor to facilitate our return to our areas and to expel the regime forces from there."
Yehiya Soufi, a demonstrator who was displaced from Saraqib, said that they aim to express their civil trait to the world in order to help the displaced people in returning to their homes.
On May 24, 2020, dozens of people demonstrated against the Syrian government forces in the city of Idlib, demanding safely return, the release of detainees from Syrian government's prisons, and prosecute the President 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.