BEIRUT, Aug 31 (Reuters / EP) –
The Syrian Army has begun to meet on Saturday a new ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the northwest of the country, according to a unilateral statement announced Friday by its ally in the offensive, Russia, and hours after residents of the region will denounce an intensification of the bombings against rebel and jihadist forces – led by the Hayat Tahrir al Sham alliance – entrenched there.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a network of activists based in London and sources in the interior of the country, has confirmed that there is no record of bombing since 06.00 this morning.
Both deserters of the Syrian Army and residents of Idlib had confirmed on Friday that the Syrian-Russian alliance had made new incursions into densely populated areas of Idlib, to the point that the United Nations warned of a new humanitarian catastrophe in the region.
“A unilateral ceasefire has been agreed by government troops in the Idlib demilitarized zone since 06.00 on August 31, 2019,” the Russian center for reconciliation said in a statement. As he explained, the goal is to “stabilize the situation.”
The Syrian Army launched at the end of April, with support from Russia, its offensive to recover Idlib. Since then it has been done with the control of numerous locations. According to the UN, more than 500 civilians have died in the past months.