Russian-Turkish agreement | Calls for demonstrations and widespread public discontent over reopening crossings between areas held by rebels and regime-held areas from rural Aleppo and Idlib • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Russian-Turkish agreement | Calls for demonstrations and widespread public discontent over reopening crossings between areas held by rebels and regime-held areas from rural Aleppo and Idlib

SOHR sources have monitored popular discontent in areas controlled by the factions in Idlib and Aleppo countryside, following the Russian-Turkish agreement to reopen three crossings between areas controlled by Turkish-backed factions, HTS and Turkish forces, and regime-held areas.

The residents considered that the Russian-Turkish agreement would have a negative impact on areas under the control of the factions, and would lift the regime out of its isolation, which is suffering from a severe economic crisis due to international sanctions.

In this context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored some displaced people from various areas in Syria, staging a demonstration in the centre of Afrin city, refusing the decision to reopen the crossings. In addition to calls for demonstrations tomorrow in the areas of Idlib and Aleppo countryside, against the implementation of this decision.

This comes after the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it has reached an agreement with the Turkish side to reopen three crossings in the Idlib and Aleppo regions in northern Syria to ease the humanitarian conditions in Turkish-backed areas.

The deputy director of the the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Hmeimim centre for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, marine major General Alexander Karpov, said during a press conference on Wednesday: “With the aim of lifting the isolation and practically removing the internal siege of civilians, a decision has been taken to reopen the Saraqeb and Meeznaz crossings in Idlib the “de-escalation zone” and the Abu Zaidin crossing in the Aleppo city.”

“We believe this action is a direct evidence of our commitment to a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis to the local and international communities,” Karpov said.

Karpov added that “this action will improve social conditions and de-escalate tensions in society due to the disruption of family contacts and difficult living conditions.”

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