Regime widens control over Idlib: Monitor
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
An explosion following a reported Syrian government airstrike on a residential district of Maaret al-Numan in the northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday
Syrians with their belongings drive towards the northern areas of Idlib province near the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday