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Assad regime attacks Idlib despite Russia’s claim of a ceasefire

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues its offensive despite Russia’s claim to declare a truce in Syria’s Idlib.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced that the ceasefire started at 2pm local time in Syria’s Idlib region yesterday.

But the Assad regime yesterday, after a ceasefire announced, carried out artillery, rocket and ground-based artillery strikes in the south and southeast of the Maarratunnuman municipality of Idlib, as well as in the villages of Maar Shurin, Marshimsheh, Tel Mennis and Bebbile.

Also today, regime forces have carried out artillery attacks on the Maarratunnuman and Tel Mennis regions. Meanwhile, the village of Maar Shurin has been targeted by air and ground attacks.

Also, regime forces have launched attacks aimed at advancing on the Tuh-Deyr Sharki and Gerzhen-Tel Mennis lines on the Maarratunnuman commune.

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, and about 1.3 million have been displaced from their homes.

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