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Syrian Rebels Launch Counter-Attack in Idlib Province

Syrian war will drag into next decade warns Kurdish leader Syrian Rebels Launch Counter-Attack in Idlib Province
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 08:29

Eastern Ghouta, a suburb located in the Syrian capital, Damascus, has been repeatedly targeted by the Assad regime forces since November 14 previous year.

A visiting United Nations humanitarian affairs official on Thursday expressed here worries about the fate of besieged civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta countryside of the capital Damascus and other hotspots in the war-torn country.

The presence of militants within southwest Aleppo is confirmed by the fact that Syrian army-led forces advancing towards government positions in eastern Idlib via Khanasser have encountered resistance from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters.

Armed opposition groups holed up in Eastern Ghouta had also continued to fire rockets into residential areas of Damascus, which he said caused terror among the population. Zeid urged the parties to "ensure strict adherence to worldwide law including by ensuring the protection of civilians from the effects of hostilities and to allow unhindered access by humanitarian agencies to provide badly needed aid, in particular to Eastern Ghouta where at least 390,000 civilians have been living under siege for four years".

The High Commissioner's spokeswoman, Liz Throssell, tells VOA she does not know what the Syrian Government and allies hope to achieve by escalating the fighting. "There are airstrikes and ground strikes day and night and this means people are having to hide in their basements to escape, to shelter from possible attacks".

He also expressed "grave concern" about the situation of an estimated two million people in Idlib, which saw an increase in the clashes.

Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old civil war but has recently been working with his allies Russian Federation and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.