Despite international sanctions and condemnation, the Russia-backed Assad regime is exploring ways to take back opposition and rebel-held territory where millions of displaced Syrians reside.
By continuously breaking Russia-brokered ‘peace’ agreements, the regime is hampering Moscows’s long-term vision of exploiting Syria economically.
Regime forces carry out operation to consolidate dominance in southern Daraa, killing at least 15 civilians, but rebels fight back seizing many regime military checkpoints, sources say.
As the regime offensive in northern Syria shows no sign of slowing down, it will be a sombre Eid for hundreds of thousands.
Besides Turkish condemnation and efforts to end regime assault, the Assad offensive has been met with a largely muted response from the international community.
Regime forces briefly captured Kafr Naboudah, but rebels have since taken back the town. Residents, however, are holding back from returning amid continued air strikes by Assad forces.
Emergency workers in rebel-held province say they will continue to serve Syrians in need despite threat of attack by Assad regime warplanes.
As Assad regime and Russian warplanes bombard rebel-held Idlib province, many Syrians are fleeing in search of safety.
Civilians in densely populated areas have been caught up in joint Russian and Syrian regime air raids. Many say they have no choice but to flee for their lives.
Idlib is the last remaining opposition and rebel-held area in Syria, but the regime has warned of an offensive to regain control of the province.
The agreement to end violence in southern Syria and surrender the crossing point with Jordan comes after rebels rejected a deal with the Russians earlier this week.
Syrian regime and its ally pummel contested towns with more than 600 air strikes in 15 hours, a war monitor says, following collapse of Russian-brokered talks to end the offensive in Daraa province.
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