The Syrian regime storms Saraqib and withdraws after a counter-attack.
The Syrian regime forces entered the city of Saraqeb, which is strategically located in northwestern Syria, on Wednesday evening, but a Turkish bombardment and an attack by the factions returned and forced them to withdraw the localizations.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that "the armed factions managed to expel the regime forces from most of Saraqib," explaining that "the factions launched an attack in conjunction with a Turkish bombing targeting the advanced regime forces."
The observatory added, "The clashes resulted in the deaths of at least 19 members of the regime forces and 7 armed factions."
The Syrian regime stormed on Wednesday evening, Saraqeb, which is strategically located, as it is the meeting point between two international routes linking several Syrian governorates, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Syrian regime television said in an urgent tape that the army units are now "burning fire at the meeting point" of the two roads.
The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told "Agence France Presse" that "the regime forces entered the city and began combing its neighborhoods after the withdrawal of hundreds of fighters for the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (formerly the" Al-Nusra Front ") and allied factions to the village north of it.
The withdrawal of the opposition factions' fighters came after the regime forces cordoned off the city, which had emptied its residents in recent weeks, from three sides, according to the Syrian regime's media.
After the regime stormed Saraqib, Turkey bombed the sites of the Syrian regime east of Saraqib to prevent its progress. The Kurdish channel "Ronahi" confirmed on Twitter that "the Turkish army bombarded with heavy artillery several villages in the countryside of Zarkan and Tal Tamr in Hasaka."
The Syrian Observatory also confirmed that "armed factions" entered the city of Saraqib after storming it by the regime "amid violent clashes in the neighborhoods of the western and southeastern city."
As it entered Saraqeb, the regime forces were almost in control of the entire international road known as “Umm Fife,” linking Aleppo Governorate to the north, and the capital to the south.
Saraqib’s importance lies in the fact that it forms the meeting point between this road and another road known as “Um Fur”, which links the coastal province of Lattakia to Idlib.
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