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Syrian government forces violate ceasefire agreement in southern Idlib

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/23 11:55

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, Syrian government forces shelled the town of Kansafra in the Zawiya Mountian, southern Idlib, Northern Syria, with heavy artillery shells.

Captain Naji Mustafa, the National Liberation Front (NLF) spokesman, reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces, stationed in nearby bases, targeted Kansafra with about eight artillery and missiles shells.

 

Mustafa added that the Syrian government forces and their allied militias continue to violate the ceasefire agreement announced on Mar. 5, 2020, targeting cities and towns near their controlled areas in southern Idlib with artillery and missile shells.

Free Syrian Army factions prevented civilians from entering its controlled areas in the Zawiya Mountain, considering them military zones, following the arrival of military reinforcements for the Syrian government forces and a Russian reconnaissance team in frontlines of the Hama, Aleppo, and Idlib governorates.

On June 21, 2020, the Syrian government forces brought military reinforcement to their bases in the city of Saraqib, 16 kilometers east of Idlib. On June 15, 2020, the NLF observed remobilizations of the Syrian government forces and their allied militias on frontlines of the southern Idlib countryside, Northern Syria. 

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.

On June 8, 2020, Russian aerial bombings on towns and villages of Zawiya Mountain killed two civilians and injured three others.

On Apr. 21, 2020, the Response Coordination Group-Syria accused the Syrian government of deliberately violating the ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate, in order to prevent displaced people from returning home.