The Syrian Army announced on Wednesday new advances in its offensive against rebels and jihadists in the province of Idlib (northwest) and added that the military are achieving “qualitative successes” in the fight against “terrorists.”
The General Staff of the Syrian Armed Forces has stressed that the operations “are causing great losses to terrorists, both in personnel and equipment,” as reported by the Syrian state news agency, SANA.
Thus, he said that Syrian troops have taken control of “many strategic towns, villages and hills” in recent days after “eliminating a large number of terrorists and cutting their supply routes.”
Finally, he reiterated that “the Army will continue to carry out its sacred national duties” and has underlined its “determination” to “free all Syrian lands from terrorism and those that support it.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has indicated through its website that government forces have recovered 30 towns and villages in the last 60 hours, which brings to 132 the localities taken by the Army since launching its offensive in the area January 24
The agency, based in London and informants in the Arab country, has also confirmed the capture by the Army of Maarat Alia and Saan, northwest of Saraqeb, one day after falling into the hands of the rebels and Turkish troops that support
On the other hand, at least three civilians have died in a bombing blamed on Russian planes – which support the Damascus offensive – against the village of Arinbé, in the south of the province.
The Observatory has also detailed that at least 20 civilians died during the day on Tuesday because of the fighting in Idlib, including three teachers and a girl in a bombing of several schools in the province.
Turkey, which supports various rebel groups operating in Syria, has repeatedly warned Damascus of a possible military response to its advances in Idlib and in recent days has carried out several bombings against government military positions.
The province of Idlib and areas of Aleppo and Hama are in the hands of several armed groups, the most important of which is the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS). The Syrian Government has argued that the offensive is part of its fight against terrorism in the country.