People flee again from south of Idlib to Northern Syria
Idlib - SMART
On Wednesday, dozens of families fled villages and towns of the al-Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, Northern Syria, as a result of the recent military escalation from the Syrian government forces and Russia.
The director of the Syria Response Coordination Team, Muhammad Hallaj, reported to SMART that dozens of families, who have recently returned to their villages, fled again as a result of the recent military escalation from the Syrian government forces and Russia. Hallaj stated that people are afraid of Russian warplanes flying over the area.
Hallaj added that dozens of other families are preparing to leave the southern part of the Idlib governorate due to the recent escalation and repeated violations from the Syrian government forces and loyalist militia. Hallaj suspected that Russian warplanes bombed northwest of Hama, Central Syria on Tuesday night.
Hallaj noted that hundreds of families preferred to remain in the displacement places in Northwestern Syria, rather than return to the areas adjacent to Syrian government-controlled areas due to fear of violating the ceasefire declared on Mar. 5, 2020.
On Tuesday, Free Syrian Army factions announced preventing civilians from entering their controlled areas in the villages of al-Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, considering them as military zones.
The team denounced Russia's statements showing people in Northern Syria as terrorists, considering them responsible for launching new military operations in the area. The team added that Russia made similar accusations prior to controlling the de-escalation areas Southern and Central Syria.
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 Team 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 team 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 team stated that the number of displaced people due to the Syrian government forces and Russian military campaign on the Idlib and Hama governorates 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.