Damascus opens a corridor for the exit of civilians from rebel areas in Idlib

This content was published on 22 February 2021 – 11:47

Damascus, Feb 22 (EFE) .- The Syrian government opened a corridor on Monday for civilians who wish to leave the areas under their control and leave the areas in the hands of rebel groups in the province of Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the northwest of the country, a military source informed Efe.

The authorities, in coordination with the Army and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, this morning put the Tarnaba Corridor in Saraqeb into operation and deployed a mobile clinic, medical personnel and teams from the humanitarian organization to attend to those who decide to use the pass. indicated the source, who requested anonymity.

They have also opened a temporary center in the western province of Hama to welcome families who come through this corridor to areas controlled by forces loyal to the president, Bashar al Assad, and have activated a mechanism to help them return to their “liberated” places of origin.

However, the military source accused the Turkish-backed armed groups present in the rural areas of Idlib of “preventing” the evacuation of residents and setting up checkpoints on the roads leading to Saraqeb, as well as threatening those concerned with arrest. .

The opening of the crossing comes a few days after the presidents of Russia (ally of Al Assad) and Turkey (supporter of the opposition), Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed during a telephone conversation to fight without respite the terrorist groups that still remain in the demilitarized zone in Idlib.

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It also coincides with the recent resumption, after about a year of hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, of the consultations of the so-called Astana process in the Russian city of Sochi, where the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria met – Russia , Iran and Turkey-, as well as representatives of Damascus and the opposition.

Idlib is practically controlled by the Levant Liberation Organization, which includes the former Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda formerly known as Front al Nusra, in addition to a number of Turkish-backed factions. EFE

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