Anti-regime protests con­tinue in Idlib

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

CIVIL­IANS in north­west­ern Syria’s Idlib, where a de­mil­i­ta­rized zone was es­tab­lished re­cently, Fri­day protested the Bashar As­sad regime for its pre­vi­ous at­tacks in the re­gion.

Thou­sands of peo­ple in var­i­ous op­po­si­tion-held ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly Idlib, gath­ered fol­low­ing the Fri­day prayer to protest the Syr­ian regime and ask for the re­lease of po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers.

The As­sad regime has been pre­par­ing a full-scale mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion on Idlib, the last ma­jor op­po­si­tion strong­hold.

Turkey and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity warned that such ac­tion would re­sult in a hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe. Even­tu­ally, Turkey and Rus­sia signed a deal last month in Sochi, where they agreed to cre­ate a 15-20 kilo­me­ter-wide buf­fer zone along the line of con­tact be­tween the op­po­si­tion fighters and regime troops by Oct. 15. The crowd in Idlib car­ried anti-regime ban­ners in mul­ti­ple lan­guages as well as the Free Syr­ian Army (FSA) and Turk­ish flags while ex­press­ing their grat­i­tude to Turkey for its ef­forts in bring­ing peace to the re­gion. The crowd also de­manded a peace­ful Syria with­out the Bashar As­sad regime. Idlib, a prov­ince now host­ing nearly 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple, was orig­i­nally home to about 750,000 peo­ple. Over the past three years, thou­sands of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of Syria took shel­ter in the prov­ince which was deemed a safe zone un­der an agree­ment with the regime.

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