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Despite Russia declaring a ceasefire, Assad continues its attacks in Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Syrian regime forces continue their attacks on the northern Idlib governorate, despite Russia declaring a ceasefire in the area.

And Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced a ceasefire, which started at 14:00 (local time) in the Syrian Idlib governorate.

However, the regime forces continued their ground attacks by firing rockets and mortars into populated areas in villages and towns in Idlib.

After its bombing yesterday, the city of Ma`rat al-Numan, and the villages of Ma`shorin, Talmans, and Mar`masha, with rockets and ground-to-ground missiles, the regime forces continued today, Friday, to bomb the city of Ma`rat al-Numan and the village of Lemans.

The regime forces also launched ground operations to control more villages and towns in the southern Idlib countryside.

On Thursday, the United Nations declared, “1,460 civilians, including 417 children and 289 women, were killed by military action in northwestern Syria between April 29, 2019 to January 5, 2020,” according to a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stephen Dougrick.

“Over 312,000 people, nearly 80 percent of them women and children, have been displaced since December 2019 until now, most of them from Idlib, heading north, away from the fighting,” Dougrik said.

In May 2017, Turkey, Russia and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement to “escalate the de-escalation zone” in Idlib, as part of the Astana meetings on Syrian affairs.

But the regime forces and their supporters continue to launch attacks in the region, despite the understanding concluded between Turkey and Russia on September 17, 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi, to establish a “de-escalation”.

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