Regime widens con­trol over Idlib: Mon­i­tor

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Idlib town flooded out of the area fear­ing fur­ther ad­vances, a cor­re­spon­dent there said.

The Ob­ser­va­tory said more than 30,000 peo­ple had fled the flash­point area in south­ern Idlib in re­cent days.

Abu Akram, a res­i­dent, said res­cue work­ers and lo­cal re­lief groups were strug­gling to get fam­i­lies out.

“Every­body is work­ing at full ca­pac­ity but they can’t han­dle such a large num­ber of peo­ple,” the father of five said af­ter he couldn’t find a ve­hi­cle to drive his own fam­ily fur­ther north.

The ter­ror­ist-dom­i­nated Idlib re­gion hosts some three mil­lion peo­ple in­clud­ing many dis

Four days of fight­ing has killed 103 mil­i­tants as well as 71 regime loy­al­ists, bring­ing the to­tal toll to more than 170 dead on both sides, added the mon­i­tor, which is based in Bri­tain and re­lies on an ex­ten­sive net­work in­side Syria.

The Idlib re­gion is con­trolled by the coun­try’s former Al Qaeda af­fil­i­ate, Hayat Tahrir al Sham.

Pro-gov­ern­ment forces launched a blis­ter­ing of­fen­sive against the re­gion in April, killing around 1,000 civil­ians and dis­plac­ing more than 400,000 peo­ple from their homes.

This push is an at­tempt to get closer to Maaret al-Nu­man Rami Ab­dul Rah­man

(AFP)

An ex­plo­sion fol­low­ing a re­ported Syr­ian gov­ern­ment airstrike on a res­i­den­tial dis­trict of Maaret al-Nu­man in the north­west­ern Idlib prov­ince on Wed­nes­day

(AFP)

Syr­i­ans with their be­long­ings drive to­wards the north­ern ar­eas of Idlib prov­ince near the Syr­ian-Turk­ish bor­der on Fri­day

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