UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The city of Saraqib in northern Syria has left its population, and about 170,000 people have become homeless, after the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its allies took control of it.
The city is of great importance due to its strategic location at the intersection of the two international roads in Syria M4 and M5.
On Thursday, regime forces and terrorist groups affiliated with Iran, with Russian air support, took control of Saraqib, located in a “de-escalation zone” after battles with Syrian opposition factions.
And observed the lens of Anatolia will watch from the air, as destruction appears in a number of houses due to the bombing of the regime and Russian aircraft to the city.
The regime forces and its allies continue to violate the Astana and Sochi understandings and target the opposition-held areas, including the center and surrounding area of Idlib.
The bombing also targets villages and towns in the western countryside of Aleppo, which is located within the de-escalation zone.
Anatolia correspondent reported that violent clashes take place between opposition factions and regime forces trying to advance in the area under the cover of a Russian air.
Meanwhile, the Turkish army continues to send reinforcements to its observation points in the de-escalation zone, where a large convoy of military reinforcements containing tanks and armored vehicles has entered.
In May 2017, Turkey, Russia, and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement to “escalate the de-escalation zone” in Idlib, within the framework of Astana’s meetings on Syrian affairs.
Despite subsequent understandings made to install the cease-fire in Idlib, the last of which was last January, regime forces and supporters continue to launch attacks in the area, killing more than 1,800 civilians, since September 17, 2018.
Violations of the regime and its allies have also caused 1 million and 677 thousand displaced people since the beginning of 2019.
The Turkish army has 12 military observation points set up within the framework of the “de-escalation” agreement in Idlib.
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