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Demonstrators in Idlib demand return of displaced people

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Editing: Hosam Saleem |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/29 13:49

Idlib - SMART

On Friday, dozens of people demonstrated in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria, demanding the return of displaced people to their villages and towns.

Activists in the area reported to SMART that about 700 people demonstrated near the Clock Square in Idlib, demanding the return of displaced people to their homelands without the Syrian government forces in them.

The activists added that the people demonstrated under the slogan, “The return of civilians and their protection is an international responsibility.” The demonstrators raised banners demanding to prosecute the Syrian regime, releasing detainees, and facilitating the return of displaced people.

The demonstrators also raised banners that read, “I am from Khan Shaykhun,” “I am from Maarra,” and, “I am from Saraqib,” to indicate the areas that the civilians were forcibly displaced from.

On May 25, 2020, hundreds of people demonstrated on the road between the town of Sarmin and the city of Idlib, under the slogan, “Flood of Return,” demanding the return of displaced people to their homes and confirming the Syrian Revolution’s goals.

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.