Syrian Army advances into Saraqib, faces international condemnation

SARAQIB, Syria – Syrian state media reported on Thursday that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), led by Russia, entered the city of Saraqib in Idlib province, in the northwestern of Syria. This was the latest attack to regain control of the last handful of opposition strongholds.

In a report confirmed by witnesses, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights declared that the SAA, backed by Russian air strikes, surrounded and entered the city of Saraqib, 15 km east of Idlib.

The United Nations announced that the hostilities in the Idlib province have killed hundreds of civilians since December 2019.

U.N. Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, stated during a U.N. Security Council session on Syria that there is a need to reach a permanent ceasefire in Idlib and deliver humanitarian aid to the region.

“I do not have a magical solution for Idlib, but serious attempts and international cooperation can lead to a solution,” said Pedersen.

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stated that military operations in Idlib had resulted in the killing of 373 civilians since January 2020, adding that the concerned authorities are engaged in a dialogue with all parties to find a way to deliver humanitarian aid.