Saraqeb “safe corridor” fails to attract civilians for the 4th day, while Russian forces withdraw from the region after attacks on regime forces
Idlib Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SOHR sources have reported that no civilian movement has been spotted at Saraqeb “safe corridor” for the 4th consecutive day.
Yesterday, Islamic factions attacked regime positions and the surrounding areas of Russian positions on the frontlines of Kafr Batikh, which is located only a few kilo metres from the “safe corridor” in Saraqeb. These attacks coincided with the landing of Russian helicopters in the east of Kafr Batikh area and the withdrawal of the forces stationed in the Russian post there in the wake of the failure of the “safe corridor” to attract any civilians as well as the Turkish efforts to exert pressure on the Russians to open the international highways.
SOHR sources had said that no civilian movement was spotted at the “safe corridor” opened by the Syrian regime to civilians wishing to leave the areas controlled by the factions towards regime-held areas, under the name of “safe corridor for the exit of civilians” from Saraqeb area in eastern Idlib countryside.
The Syrian Observatory monitored sarcastic comments by some people who live in regime-held areas about the opening of the “safe corridor“, including “do not let them come, we are going to them –open a corridor to the other side and do not be afraid, as even the statue of Saladin will escape from Syria – prepare smart cards for them to let them enjoy a decent life”, in reference to lack of the basic necessities of life in regime-held areas.
On Monday, reliable SOHR sources monitored relative calm in Saraqeb area, which is under the control of regime forces and its allies in the eastern countryside of Idlib. Meanwhile, no civilians were seen crossing from areas controlled the control of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and opposition factions to regime-controlled areas, after reports circulated by regime media outlets in the previous day about the opening of a “safe corridor” for civilians as of Monday.