المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Regime forces violet again the Turkish – Russian truce in the southern countryside of Idlib Province

After midnight of yesterday, the regime forces renewed their targeting of areas in Jabal al-Akrad in the northeastern countryside of Latakia, which is a new breach of the Russian – Turkish truce in the 4 provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, and Latakia, while several shells launched by the regime forces this morning and fell on areas on the outskirts of al-Tamanah town in southern countryside of Idlib, but no information about casualties, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published last night that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored exchange of targeting and shelling between the regime forces against the factions in the countryside of Hama, Idlib and Lattakia, where the regime forces shelled places in Al-Buwaydah village and the vicinity of Al-lataminah town in the northern countryside of Hama, as well as other places in the countryside of Jisr Al-Shughur city in the western countryside of Idlib, the regime forces also targeted intensively by rocket shells, places in the area of Jabal Al-Akrad and other positions under the factions’ control in Jabal Al-Akrad in the northern countryside of Lattakia, while the factions targeted areas controlled by the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them in the northern countryside of Lattakia by several rocket shells, where a missile fell on an area in Dagherion village at Aleppo – Lattakia Highway, while the other rocket shells targeted Ikku village and other areas controlled by the regime forces in the northern countryside of Lattakia, and no information about casualties was reported yet, this escalation through the exchange of rocket shelling, comes hours after Jaysh al-Izza formally announced its rejections to the terms of the Russian – Turkish agreement about the buffer zone extended from Lattakia countryside to the south-western countryside of Aleppo passing through Hama and Idlib, where the Syrian Observatory published hours ago, that as a part of the rejection of the majority of the opposition factions operating in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia, to the proposal presented by the Turkish Intelligence after the meeting which took place 2 days ago with the factions, the faction of Jaysh al-Izza has issued a statement formally announcing its rejection to several terms of the proposal that provides on withdrawing the vehicles and heavy weapons and retreat back within the buffer area, while the rest factions that reject the Turkish proposal, are still abstaining from publishing their rejection in public, and the statement of Jaysh al-Izza that rejects some terms of the Turkish proposal, says:

“The free people of the Revolution and our brothers in the revolutionary and rebel factions, since the beginning of our blessed revolution, we have been presented in our trenches and we paid attention to nothing but them in order to put an end to the injustice imposed over our people and to liberate our country from the criminal regime and later from the Russian and Persian occupation, the invaders failed to advance into our areas despite we have subjected to more than 20,000 air strikes and heavy shelling by rocket launchers, artillery and dirty weapons of destruction including chemical weapons, and the Liberated Syrian North presented more than 200,000 martyrs and a similar number of wounded and became a stronghold for the honorable revolutionaries from all of Syria, Turkey worked on preventing a holocaust from being carried out against our civilian people which forced the Russians, through Sochi Conference to circumvent the firmness of the revolutionaries backed by the popular incubator, and this agreement which was announced about, included a truce in the Syrian North that prevents bloodshed and provides on establishing a demilitarized zone at a wide of between 15-20 km by equal shares between the liberated and occupied areas, and according to what have been announced about, we issued a statement of thanks to the Turkish brothers for their efforts in preventing the shedding of our people’s blood, but it was revealed later that the entire demilitarized zone is agreed to be established within the liberated area only where Turkish – Russian joint patrols will be deployed and they will be entitled to search any place they want in this area which we has liberated by the blood of our martyrs and our people’s sacrifices, and this area includes (Lattakia countryside and Jisr Al-Shughur – Sahl Al-Ghab with Jabal Shashabo – Kafr Nabudah and Al-Hbit extending up to the north of Khan Shaykhun and Al-Taman’aa reaching the border of Maarrat Al-Nu’man to the outskirts of Saraqib and both southern and western countryside of Aleppo), which means that the area returned to the regime as a result of the presence of its ally, Russia, in it, and in the wake of this recent situation, we in Jaysh al-Izza announce that we will never accept the demilitarized zone to be in our side only and it must be established in two equal parts.

We reject the patrols of the Russian occupation to be deployed on the entire of our liberated lands.

We reject the opening of the international roads which will break the tight grip on Iran and the regime and let their trade run, except when the detainees are released from the regime’s slaughterhouses.

We hope the Turkish brothers, who are entrusted with our issue, no to let Sochi agreement die as it happened in the agreement of decreasing the escalation which collapsed and the areas have been handed over to the regime as the president Erdogan described in his statements.

And we call on our revolutionary sisters to listen to the people of the Revolution in their great demonstrations in the entire Liberated North, and we in Jaysh al-Izza pledge Allah and our people to maintain the constants of the Revolution to overthrow the regime and liberate the entire Syria, and we will never bargain our martyrs’ blood, we will never let their sons and our nobles down, and we will never forget our sons and brothers in jails”.

It is noteworthy that the number of the fighters of Jaysh al-Izza reaches about 2500 fighters and its presence is concentrated in the northern countryside of Hama and in Sahl Al-Ghab in the north-west of Hama, and the faction used to be supported by an Arab – western person before the support was stopped, then the Turkish government asked it for joining within the National Liberation Front but the command of Jaysh al-Izza refused to join the Front which led the stop of the Turkish support as well, while the publishing of this statement comes as a confirmation of the details and the report published by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights hours ago, where it reported that the echo of the meeting that took place 2 days ago between faction leaders and the Turkish intelligence services, continues to receive different responses in the circles of the factions, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored resentment and rejection of most of the factions operating in the Syrian North for the Turkish request of withdrawing the vehicles and heavy weapons from sites of the factions within the buffer area which was agreed upon after the Turkish – Russian meeting that was carried out on the 17th of September 2018, where the majority of these factions –although not in a public form- rejected these requests and considered them not to be in their interest, and that they are wholly in the interest of the regime and its ally, Russia, and that this is not an agreement but an injustice against the factions working in the area; to force them to retreat with their heavy weapons back while the regime forces will remain in their points supported by their heavy weapons.

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