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Thousands of Civilians Leaving Idlib as Countdown Starts for Syrian Army Operation

Thousands of civilians have started leaving Idlib for safe regions controlled by the government via a humanitarian corridor as army troops are preparing for a major assault on terrorists in the province, a media outlet reported on Monday.

The Arabic-website of RT reported that thousands of residents of the Northwestern province of Idlib have left the region for Aleppo province via a humanitarian corridor in the town of Abu al-Dhohour that is under the Russian forces’ monitoring.

The residents’ move to leave Idlib came after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced that the army will soon liberate Idlib province.

Al-Quds al-Arabi daily quoted militant-affiliated sources in Northern Syria as reporting on Sunday that Syria’s Liberation Front, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), National Liberation Front, Jeish al-Islam and Idlib Free Army formed a new coalition known as Jeish al-Fatah in Idlib province.

The daily further said that the newly-formed Jeish al-Fatah has almost 75,000 gunmen, adding that the terrorist groups’ move is aimed at confronting the Syrian Army’s large-scale imminent operation in Southern and Western Aleppo, Western Idlib and Northern and Northeastern Lattakia.

The paper went on to say that the Syrian government forces that are on the verge of completing their operation in Dara’a and Quneitra will soon kick off Idlib operation to drive terrorists out of the Northwestern part of the war-hit country.

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