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The Military Campaign in Idlib Intensifies | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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The Military campaign in Idlib and its countryside, north-west Syria, continues and this has led to the disruption of citizens’ daily lives. According to what an activist in the local council Abu Rabee told Asharq Al-Awsat, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has responded to this by bombing the towns of Fua and Kefraya, and has threatened to invade the two cities if the campaign is not stopped.

He explained that the bombing which targeted Kefraya and Fua is a warning against an escalation that would lead to the two towns being invaded in the event that the campaign targeting Idlib continues, and this would spell the end of the agreed upon truce.

Jaysh Al-Fateh and the regime’s forces reached an agreement for a cessation of hostilities between them in  September last year in the city of Zibdani, Damascus which the regime’s troops tried to invade by launching a large military campaign that lasted three months. This coincided with a similar truce in the towns of Kefraya and Fua which were blockaded by Jaysh Al-Fateh in an attempt to invade the two towns.

The opposition believes that the escalation of bombing to include civilian areas, markets, mosques and hospitals in Idlib aims to force civilians to flee and leave major cities in a bid to replicate what happened in the northern Aleppo countryside.