Turkey Emboldens Military Presence in Idlib as Syrian Forces Seize Strategic Highway
Turkey continued to send military reinforcement to northwest Syria, Tuesday, February 11, as government forces seized control of a strategic highway for the first time since 2012.
READ MORE: U.N. agencies report an unprecedented number of people are fleeing for their lives as fighting intensifies among Syrian forces, their Russian allies and rebel groups in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
The United Nations said nearly 700,000 people have fled Idlib and surrounding areas in the past 10 weeks. Most are women and children. Many have been forced to flee several times since Syria and its Russian allies launched a military offensive nine months ago to retake Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the country.
Aid agencies are increasing their humanitarian operations in response to the unfolding tragedy. A massive cross-border operation between Turkey and Syria is under way. This month alone, the United Nations said more than 230 trucks carrying life-saving assistance have been sent from Turkey into conflict-ridden northwest Syria.