Feb 23, 2021
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Militants ban refugees from leaving Idlib at gunpoint

Militants are blocking the work of new checkpoints in Idlib, preventing refugees from leaving the de-escalation zone, Vyacheslav Sytnik, the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a today’s briefing.

On the initiative of the authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic, checkpoints “Seraqab”, “Miznaz” and “Abu Azeidin” have been opened since February 22 to allow residents to leave Idlib. However, militants from radical gangs, under the threat of using weapons, prohibit civilians from passing through them.

Sytnik noted that the Turkish Armed Forces cannot ensure the safety of refugees at checkpoints. The CPVS called on the command of the Turkish troops controlling the territories in northwestern Syria to fulfill their obligations and help the refugees leave the conflict zone.

According to the Center, in Idlib over the past day, 28 attacks were recorded from the terrorist group Jabhat Al-Nusra, banned in the Russian Federation.

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