Syrian rebels celebrate victory over regime forces in Idlib. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, the Syrian authorities accused Turkey of supplying weapons and ammunition to “terrorist groups” (in reference to opposition fighters) that enabled them to capture the Syrian city of Idlib and the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying: “The terrorist groups’ attacks on the cities of Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour… were carried out with logistical and fire support from the Turkish army.”
“This is direct Turkish aggression against Syria,” ministry officials were quoted by the state TV as saying.
The Syrian regime has repeatedly accused Turkey of logistically and militarily supporting Islamists as well as facilitating their movement across its borders.
On Friday, factions of the Syrian armed opposition were able to enter the city of Jisr ash-Shughur in the western countryside of Idlib province, in northwestern Syria, as well as take control of several pro-regime checkpoints in Sahl al-Ghab countryside, northwest of Hama.
Military sources in Idlib told ARA News that the “Victory Battle” on Friday is intended to expel Syrian regime forces from Jisr ash-Shughur.
The battles waged by the Syrian armed opposition against the regime forces in the countryside of Idlib are considered the largest since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, and are considered by observers as a turning-point in the entire country. More than 12,000 opposition fighters are participating in the military operations there, planning to expel regime forces from the entire province of Idlib, making it the second province totally out of the regime’s control after Raqqa –which is controlled by the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News