NLF announces repelling Syrian government forces attempt to advance in southern Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Monday, the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) announced repelling a Syrian government forces attempt to advance in the village of al-Fatirah, 38 kilometers south of the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.
Captain Naji Mustafa, the NLF spokesman, reported to SMAT that NLF fighters repelled an advancement attempt by the Syrian government forces, supported by Russian and Iranian forces, in al-Fatirah, west of the city of Kafr Nubl,
Mustafa added that clashes between the two parties resulted in casualties among the Syrian government forces and their supporting allies, as the NLF fighters targeted them with light, medium, and heavy machineguns. Mustafa did not mention any casualties among the NLF fighters.
Mustafa confirmed that the Syrian government forces and their allied militias attempt on a daily basis to advance in villages surrounding their controlled areas, adding that opposition factions retaliate to these attempts and cause casualties.
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. FSA factions prevented civilians from entering its controlled areas in the Zawiya Mountain, considering them military zones.
On June 8, 2020, Russian aerial bombings on villages and towns of Zawiya Mountain killed two civilians and injured three others. 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.