Syrian regime vows to crush rebels in assault on last enclave

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Syrian regime vows to crush rebels in assault on last enclave


Picture shows part of a rocket which struck a street following reported shelling on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images
Picture shows part of a rocket which struck a street following reported shelling on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Regime forces have vowed to crush the Syrian rebellion once and for all in the province of Idlib, saying there will be “no green buses” like the ones that allowed rebel fighters to evacuate after previous defeats.

After eight months of relative quiet following a Russian-Turkish ceasefire deal, regime forces and their allies have launched an air and ground assault on Idlib, the only province still in opposition hands.

Nearly 80 civilians, including 23 children, have been killed and 12 hospitals have been targeted by Russian and Syrian warplanes in 10 days, according to the White Helmets rescue group.

About three million civilians are trapped in Idlib, which is dominated by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist faction linked to al-Qa’ida. Aid groups warn of mass casualties and refugee flows if Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s forces launch an all-out assault.

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Telegraph.co.uk

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