World Wave of strikes hits Syria's last rebel-held bastion

01:06  11 august  2018
01:06  11 august  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Syrian government supporters waved Syrian , Iranian and Russian flags in Damascus on Saturday, after the missile strikes .CreditHassan The rebels who once threatened his control have been routed from all of Syria ’ s major cities, and even from smaller strongholds like Douma, the last town they held

A Syrian government offensive to recapture the rebel - held Eastern Ghouta suburb began in February 2018. He said most were fired after the last incoming missile had struck its target.[84] Similarly, France said none of the twelve missiles it fired ^ "Successful Strikes and Targets Hit in Syria ".

a view of a city: FILE PHOTO:A general view taken with a drone shows part of the rebel-held Idlib city © REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah/File Photo FILE PHOTO:A general view taken with a drone shows part of the rebel-held Idlib city

Dozens of air strikes and shelling hit parts of the last swathe of Syrian territory still held by rebels on Friday, according to rebels, rescue workers and a war monitoring group, in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of strikes from helicopters and war planes had hit parts of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo provinces, killing at least 29 people.

The three areas in northwest Syria are the last major ones still in the hands of fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces recaptured the area around Damascus and the southwest earlier this year.

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It comes after the evacuation of rebels and their families to a different rebel - held city in the northern part of the country. This was the last rebel holdout in the Eastern Ghouta countryside near the Syria reactions to the strikes - Продолжительность: 1:58 CGTN 1 582 просмотра. Новинка!

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Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a rebel leader in northern Hama, said a "massacre" had resulted from strikes in western Aleppo on the town of Urem al-Kubra. Pro-opposition television Orient News said at least 20 people were killed there and the Observatory said at least 18 had died.

On Thursday the Syrian army had dropped leaflets over Idlib province, urging people to agree to a return of state rule and telling them the seven-year war was nearing its end.

Al-Hamawi said Friday's attacks - the heaviest in months - appeared part of a "psychological media war against the people".

Rebels were "ready to repel any possible attack by regime forces. They will be taught a lesson they won't forget: Idlib is different to other regions," he added.

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Regime forces upped the pressure on two of the last rebel bastions in Syria on Monday A Syrian man carries an injured woman after bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces in the rebel - held Shelling and air strikes on Ghouta, which government forces have besieged for four years, killed at

AMMAN (Reuters) - The group in control of the last rebel bastion near Damascus appeared on Sunday If confirmed, its surrender or departure for rebel - held areas in northwest Syria would herald an Opposition sources say Jaish al Islam officials have been desperately trying to strike a deal that

a close up of a busy city street: FILE PHOTO:A general view taken with a drone shows the Clock Tower of the rebel-held Idlib city © REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah/File Photo FILE PHOTO:A general view taken with a drone shows the Clock Tower of the rebel-held Idlib city

Mohammed Rasheed, a spokesman for the Jaish al-Nasr rebel group based in Hama province, said pro-Syrian government forces had not yet advanced on the ground and the attacks consisted of shelling and air bombardment.

The Syrian White Helmets, a group of rescue workers established in rebel-held areas of the country, said on Twitter that barrel bombs had also been used.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the Syrian army carried out operations against "terrorist groups", its term for the rebels, in northern Hama countryside, destroying several of their headquarters and killing and wounding an unspecified number.

NEXT TARGET?

Hundreds of thousands of Assad opponents have relocated to northwest Syria under evacuation agreements reached as other parts of the country fell to pro-government forces backed by Russia and Iran.

Assad has indicated the area, which borders Turkey, could be his next target

The Observatory said Friday's air strikes were the first to hit the area in almost a month and could be seen as "preparation for an offensive". It has said additional government forces have been arriving this week for a possible attack in an area to the southwest of the opposition territory.

The United Nations worries that such an offensive could force 2.5 million people toward the Turkish border.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Tom Perry; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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