As of midnight on January 12, a ceasefire is in effect in Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey and the Russian Federation have agreed to carry out a truce in Syria’s Idlib since midnight on January 12, Anadolu Agency (AA) reports.

According to a report by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the ceasefire decision has been made to stop air and ground strikes within the Idlib region, prevent casualties and a new wave of migration and return to normal life.

In this regard, the Turkish ministry said, the ceasefire will start to run from 00:01 on 12 January.

Otherwise, during the May 2017 meeting of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan, Idlib was declared a de-escalation zone, where acts of aggression would be banned.

Turkey and Russia reached an additional agreement in September last year in Sochi in the wake of the Syrian regime’s ceasefire violation.

However, regime forces with the help of supporters have continued their attacks despite the deal. Since that date, over 1,600 civilians have lost their lives as a result of the attacks.

Since November last year, the Assad regime has intensified attacks on Idlib, causing nearly 380,000 civilians to move to the Turkish border this month.


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