Response Coordination Group denounces Russia’s statements against residents of Northwestern Syria
Idlib - SMART
On Tuesday, the Response Coordination Group denounced Russia's hostile statements against the residents of Northwestern Syria, considering them responsible of launching new military operations.
The Group stated that Russia's statements showing people in Northern Syria as terrorists would be responsible for launching new military operations in the area. The Group added that Russia made similar accusations prior to controlling the de-escalation areas Southern and Central Syria.
The Group stressed the inability of Northwestern Syria to bear new displacement waves, calling on the international community to stop Russia and the Syrian government from practicing hostilities and committing massacres.
The Group indicated that the Syrian government forces and their loyalist militias continue to send more military reinforcements to restore military operations and control new areas, which is a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement in the area.
On May 31, 2020, a military source from the National Liberation Front (NLF), affiliated with the Syrian National Army, reported to SMART that during the past few days, the NLF monitored the arrival of military reinforcements for the Syrian government forces consisting of members, foreign militia fighters, and a Russian reconnaissance team, armed with artilleries.
On May 31, 2020, the Response Coordination Group issued a statement, which documented that 755,830 displaced people are waiting to return to their villages and towns in Aleppo and Idlib, Northern Syria, since the ceasefire has entered into forces on Mar. 6, 2020.
On May 11, 2020, the Group said that the Syrian government deliberately violates the ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, to prevent the return of displaced people to their homes.
Earlier, the Group cautioned returning civilians of the remnants of war in the area and the building that would fall in those towns. The group stated that the number of displaced people due to the Syrian government forces and Russian military campaign on the Idlib and Aleppo governorate reached one million people.
On March 5, 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib. The agreement entered into force at 00:01 on March 6, 2020.
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.