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Syrian government forces members die while planting landmines in southern Idlib

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/29 11:15
Update date: 2020/06/29 12:20

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, an explosion killed three Syrian government forces members and injured others, while they were planting landmines in southern Idlib, Northern Syria.

Captain Naji Mustafa, the spokesman of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Free Syrian Army, reported to SMART that a landmine exploded while a group of Syrian government forces members were planting landmines on the Rasha hill in the Shahshabo mountainous area. The explosion killed three members and injured two others, including a lieutenant.

Mustafa added that the Syrian government forces continue to send reinforcements to Shashabo area in order to remobilize their forces in southern Idlib and western Hama.

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. 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.