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64 Syrians Killed, Including 16 Regime Soldiers and Loyalists, Fierce Clashes Continue on Aleppo and Idlib Frontlines
January 31, 2020
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Fierce clashes continue on Aleppo and Idlib frontlines amid cessation of aerial operations
Syrian Observatory sources have reported that clashes are still continuing in areas in the eastern countryside of Idlib and both western and south-western countryside of Aleppo, between opposition factions and jihadi groups on one hand, and regime soldiers and loyalists on the other.
In Aleppo, clashes are concentrated in the Family House area, the area of the scientific research center and Al-Rashideen 4th sector as regime forces are trying to impose their control over the area.
Meanwhile, clashes are underway in the countryside of Saraqeb and other areas in the city’s eastern part accompanied by intense rocket shelling.
On the other hand, regime and Russian aircraft has been suspending operations since yesterday evening.
Reliable sources informed SOHR that regime forces recaptured Tal Khatra, Abu Juraif and Tal Musaytif, east of Saraqeb.
Since Friday evening, January 24, the regime forces have imposed their control over 40 villages and towns: Telmans, Ma’ar Shmasha, Deir Sharqi, Deir Al-Gharbi, Ma’ar Shmarin, Ma’rata, Al-Ghadfa, Ma’ar Shourin Al-Za’alana, Al-Dana, Tal Sheikh, Sawami’e, Khirbet Mezyan, Masaran, Bsida, Taqana, Babolin, Kafr Bassin, Marhatat, Hamidia, Dar Al-Salaam, Salhia, Kafruma, Maarrat Al-Nu’man city, Wadi Al-Daif, Hantutin, Al-Jarrada, Al-Ruwayha and Al-Qahiryah, Khan al-Sobol town, Mardebseh, Al-Hartamiyah, Qamhana, Jubas, Tal Mardikh, Abu Juraif, Tal Khatrah and Musaytif).
64 persons killed across Syria yesterday, including 16 regime soldiers and loyalists
Yesterday's total death toll includes 12 civilians
In Idlib province, 11 civilians were killed: ten civilians including children were killed in Russian airstrikes on Kafr Latah village in Jabal Al-Arba’in in Idlib countryside, and one man was killed in bombardment by regime jets on the vicinity of Saraqeb town.
In Aleppo province, a child was killed in artillery shelling by the Turkish Forces stationed in the rebels-controlled areas, on Tall Rifaat town within areas where the Kurdish forces are deployment, north of Aleppo.
Eight fighters of Turkish-backed factions were killed in targeting by unidentified drones to their positions in Al-Kharitah and Al-Qasimiyah villages in Tal Tamr countryside.
16 regime soldiers and loyalists were killed in clashes against opposition factions and jihadis in both Idlib and Aleppo countryside.
19 jihadists among 28 fighters were killed in aerial bombardment and clashes against regime forces in both Idlib and Aleppo countryside.
After regime progressed on the “M5” highway in Idlib, the Iranian militias in rural Aleppo control a village
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored new progress for the regime forces supported by Iranian-supported foreign militias in the southern countryside Aleppo, where they managed to control “Khalidiya” village and the entire Khan Tuman town, after they controlled the bulgur factory and other sites.
And with this control, the regime forces are now controlling by firearm the international road of Aleppo – Damascus, and they have taken control of (Khan Tuman, Warehouses of Khan Tuman, Tal al-Zaytoun, the 5th al-Rashedin, Jam’eyyat al-Sehafiyyen, Marata and Khalidiya), as well as other sites, points, and hills in the western and southern countryside of Aleppo since the beginning of the clashes on Friday evening, the 24th of January 2020.
Meanwhile, Russian warplanes bombed Saraqib town and its surroundings in Idlib countryside, in addition to Miznaz town in Aleppo countryside, where they used high explosive missiles.
Rising the number of airstrikes carried out by Russian warplanes to 48, they targeted al-Neirab and Saraqib east of Idlib, and Zitan and other places south of Aleppo.
Helicopters dropped 14 barrel bombs on Saraqib city, Kafr Batikh, and al-Trenbeh in Idlib countryside.
The clashes are still taking place between the regime forces and loyalists against the factions, in areas at the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib.
Sources informed the Syrian Observatory that regime forces were able to make new advances on their way to Saraqib and reached the outskirts of the town, after capturing Tal Mardikh, Jobas, Hertamia and Qamhana, making regime forces about two km away from Saraqib.
The number of areas that have been captured by regime forces, since Friday evening 24th of this month, rose to 37, (Telmans, Ma’ar Shmasha, Dier Sharqi, Dier Gharbi, Ma’arshamarin, Ma’rata, Al-Ghadfa, Marshourin, Al-Za’alana, Al-Dana, Tal Al-Sheikh, Sawami’e, Khirbet Mzayan, Masaran, Bsida and Taqana, Babolin, Kafr Bassin, Ma’arhatat, Hamidia, Dar es Salaam, Salhiya, Kafruma, Ma’rat al-Numan, Wadi Al-Dayif, Hantotin, al-Jarada, Ruwayha, Qahiriya, Ain Halban, Tal al-Dibis, Khan al-Sobul and Ma’ardabsi, Tal Mardikh, Jobas, Hertamia and Qamhana, Jobas, and Tal Mardikh)
The Syrian Observatory documented more heavy casualties between the warring sides due to air and ground bombardments and violent clashes since the evening of 24th of this month, where the death toll of regime forces and loyalists rose to 192, including six members of Iran-backed foreign militias, while the death toll of opposition fighters rose to 209, of whom 155 jihadist fighters.
Syrian Observatory sources report that a new massacre carried out by Russian jets, in which ten civilians were killed in Ariha city on Wednesday evening, one of the raids targeted the vicinity of the oven in the city, seven civilians were killed, including five women and a child, who are displaced from Joseph village in Jabal Zawiya, while the rest were killed in raids on al-Shami surgical hospital.
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