Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Syrian regime continues push into Idlib, civilians flee

Syrian troops approach key rebel-held airbase as UN condemns upsurge in killing of civilians Syrian Army Closes In on Terrorists-held Military Airport in Idlib
Patty Aguilar | 12 January, 2018, 23:49

The regime's goal is to retake the southeast of the province in order to secure a route between Damascus and second city Aleppo, both under its control, according to the Observatory. It said troops approaching from the south are now 2 kilometres away from the base.

The push into Idlib Province, the largest remaining territory held by rebels in Syria, is the deepest by the government since it lost much of the area three years ago.

Last October, Syrian regime forces launched a major offensive in Syria's Hama province with the support of Iranian-backed militias and Russian air cover. Warring parties are obliged by law to distinguish between civilians and lawful military targets, Zeid said.

A total of 40 people were killed over the past two days as Assad forces intensified their attacks on the besieged Damascus suburb Eastern Ghouta, according to the White Helmets civil defence agency.

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United Nation's top human rights official condemned on Wednesday a recent escalation in airstrikes and ground attacks by regime forces and their allies which killed nearly 100 people within the past 10 days in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

In Idlib, ground attacks and airstrikes have escalated as a rapidly-moving government offensive gains momentum, jeopardizing the safety of hundreds of thousands of civilians, said Zeid, noting that an explosion on January 7 reportedly killed 28 civilians. The Observatory said the blasts were the result of explosions in an arms depot east of Latakia.

Syrian state media, citing a foreign ministry source, said the French foreign ministry had shown "great ignorance about what was happening in rural Idlib province", which it said the army was fighting to "liberate from the terrorism of the Nusra Front and the other terrorist organisations that belong to it".

The Russian military has urged its Turkish counterparts to tighten monitoring of opposition in northern Syria in the wake of a drone attack on Russian military bases in the country.

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