About 40000 civilians have returned to their areas in the southern and eastern sectors of Idlib countryside, and fears from resuming the military operations by the "regime and the Russians" as Jihadis have not withdrawn from the M4 and M5 roads • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

About 40000 civilians have returned to their areas in the southern and eastern sectors of Idlib countryside, and fears from resuming the military operations by the “regime and the Russians” as Jihadis have not withdrawn from the M4 and M5 roads

The return of displaced people continues in an increased manner in the southern, eastern, southern sectors of Idlib countryside, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the increase in number of people who have returned to their areas to more than 39000 people in the past few days, and the return process is still underway until now, in light of the relative calm that prevails in the entire “Putin – Erdogan” area, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: more than 5300 people have returned to their towns and villages in the western countryside of Maarrat al-Nu’man and the southern countryside of Idlib, while Maarrat al-Nu’man city witnessed the return of about 5500 of its inhabitants, also about 21000 people have returned to the eastern countryside of Maarrat al-Nu’man (Marshourin, Talmanas, Marshamsha, Marshmarin) and other towns and villages, and at least 2100 people have returned to Jarjanaz area and the surrounding farms, and about 3200 people have returned to their towns and villages in the area extending from al-Ghadqa and Abu Daqneh to the vicinity of Abu al-Duhur area east of Idlib, also al-Tah area and its farms, Om Jalal, al-Raffa, al-Halba and others, witnessed the return of more than 1900 people to them.

Sources confirmed to the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” that the return process came after the citizens were fed up with the displacement camps, living in agricultural land, and the unbelievable high prices north of Idlib and at the border with Iskenderun, in light of the scarcity and absent of employment opportunities there, therefore, the displaced people depend on what is sent to them from their relatives who are living in countries abroad, and the sources added that there is a fear among civilians who have returned to their areas from the Russians and the regime forces resuming their military operations, especially that the Russian – Turkish agreement about the withdrawal of Jihadi factions from Damascus – Aleppo International highway and Aleppo – Latakia international highway; has not been applied yet as the Jihadis are still deployed in that area, also the civilians do not trust these agreements which have always been media agreements and unrelated to reality.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 25th of September 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the return of displaced people to their areas in the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib; is witnessing noticeable escalation in the last few hours and days, where hundreds of families -more than 5000 people- returned to their areas in Maarrat al-Nu’man city and its eastern countryside, and al-Ftirah, Sfuhen, Hass, Kafruma, Bsaqla and other towns and villages in the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib, particularly the eastern countryside of Maarrat al-Nu’man, where the area has been subjected to heavy air and ground bombardment and shelling since regime’s control of Khan Shaykhun, and it is still targeted by ground strikes on a daily basis despite the relative calm within “Putin – Erdogan” area, and sources of the Syrian Observatory reported that the return came after the situation of displaced people in the Syrian north and at the border with Iskenderun gone bad, where prices are high, living is difficult, no jobs, and the merchants of war are exploiting them, in addition to their hope for this relative calm to continue; despite their lack of confidence in the Russian and Turkish agreements, where many of them left a place to return to as a displaced person either a tent or a house they still rents, in case the military operations returned to the area.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 18th of August 2019 that the repercussions of the military operations of the Syrian regime and its Russian ally within “Putin – Erdogan” area continue to cast a shadow on the situation of the Syrian civilians, the biggest losers in the Syrian war, where the displacement of civilians continues in the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib, due to the hysterical shelling through which the Syrian regime and the Russian “guarantor” deliberately forcing the citizens to displace, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians since the collapse of the ceasefire on the 5th of August 2019, and the start of the large-scale military operation by the regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib, which in turn raises to about 700000, the number of civilians who have been forced to displace from their towns, cities, and villages in the “de-escalation” area since the end of April 2019.

After the southern and southeastern countryside of Idlib were destination for the displaced people who are coming from Hama countryside; they became displaced largely heading towards the north of Idlib to the border areas with Iskenderun, to be faced with another war against them of the greed of war merchants and extremely high prices of house renting, where the Syrian civilian is having difficulty renting a house north of Idlib due to the high prices of real estate taking advantage of the need of the displaced people, where the rental prices of houses reached 300 and 400 dollars per month up from $100 USD, in addition to commission of the owners of real estate offices, this comes at a time when the income of the worker does not exceeds $200 USD, and many of them are unemployed after losing their homes and work and leaving them behind escaping the death of regime’s warplanes and the Russian warplanes, in addition to the high prices of goods and the fact that they are being controlled by war dealers, in addition to the bad treatment of displaced people.