Assad Army Bombings Displace Thousands in Aleppo Countryside

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  • The report added that the displaced people are heading mostly to the northwestern countryside of Idlib.
  • The SOHR stated that the regime's forces are seeking to capture Idlib from opposition factions with coverage from Russian activities and field support from Iranian militias.
  • Incidents involving the seizure of sheep herds in the border areas between Syria and Iraq were repeatedly continued by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia.

About six thousand families from the western countryside of Aleppo have been displaced, amid intense Russian and Syrian bombing of the area during the past three days, since the ceasefire collapsed within the de-escalation zone. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a report, stated that the wave of displacement from the towns and villages of the west of Aleppo escalated against the backdrop of the intense bombing. The area is mainly exposed to Russian planes since the ceasefire collapsed in the region subject to Russian-Turkish misunderstandings.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (also known as SOHR) founded in May 2006, is a United Kingdom-based information office whose stated aim is to document human rights abuses in Syria; since 2011 it has focused on the Syrian Civil War.

The report added that the displaced people are heading mostly to the northwestern countryside of Idlib, near the Syrian border with the Iskenderun Brigade. In Idlib, 25 members of the regime forces were killed yesterday, during clashes in the eastern Idlib countryside with opposition factions. The SOHR stated that the regime’s forces are seeking to capture Idlib from opposition factions with coverage from Russian activities and field support from Iranian militias.

In this context, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Major-General Yuri Portnikov, claimed that “armed groups in the de-escalation zone in Idlib continue to provoke them, and bombs the sites of the Syrian army and residential centers.” He said, “A group of gunmen, approximately 50 people, supported by armored vehicles and six tanks, tried to attack the positions of the Syrian army, and the militants managed to penetrate a distance of 1.2 kilometers deep and up to 500 meters wide and the fighting continues.”

He added that the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (Jabhat Al-Nusra), whose number exceeds 20,000, continued to attack the positions of the regime forces in Aleppo countryside, “with the aim of undermining the ceasefire regime that was imposed after the Russian-Turkish agreements.”

On the other hand, incidents involving the seizure of sheep herds in the border areas between Syria and Iraq in the countryside of Deir Ezzor Governorate were repeatedly continued by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. Sheepherders themselves are victims, as an attempt to push the shepherds and their families to leave the lands or to keep them away from their expansion and concentration areas, according to Syrians from the region.

The Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra, known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, and also described as al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant, was a Salafist jihadist organization fighting against Syrian government forces in the Syrian Civil War. Its aim was to establish an Islamic state in the country.

Local sources said that the seven shepherds who were killed last week were liquidated by a mass execution by Shiite militias in the area, adding that the Syrian regime tried to accuse the ISIS organization. It revealed that armed men in military uniforms stormed an area where the shepherds slept in the Deir Ezzor Valley and took control of a large number of the shepherds’ sheep, who were filtered after being taken to an unknown location.

They added that the Al-Bolail area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor saw a sudden disappearance of four herders last Friday. They pointed out that “Hezbollah confiscated sheep from Al-Bawil area, and the shepherd asked for help from other shepherds to support him, so everyone went towards the area, then announced all their disappearance, while the car they found was found to be completely burned, and without any other sign that indicates where they were taken.

In the context, the Hattala region in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour witnessed the seizure of a large number of houses by the Syrian Hezbollah and made them their headquarters, while opposition Syrian websites published pictures of militias loyal to Iran, and they are setting up military checkpoints in the Albukamal area on the Syrian border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured that his country will continue to stay in Syria until its southern borders are fully secured.”

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