The ceasefire agreement in the northwestern Idleb region was weakened by two days of violent clashes between pro-regime forces and jihadist and rebel factions, which left nearly 70 dead.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), clashes between pro-regime forces and jihadist factions in Idleb, northwestern Syria, on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, resulted in death of 36 members of Syrian regime forces and 33 combatants in the opposing camp.
“This is the most violent fighting in the province of Idleb since the entry into force of the ceasefire agreement” announced in late August by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally, said the director of the OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane.
Sunday morning, according to an AFP correspondent, columns of smoke rose in the skies of the Maarat al-Noomane region, overflown by planes bombarding positions of jihadist and rebel groups.
“The regime’s forces are leading … a counter-attack in an area of south-eastern Idleb, where rebel and jihadist groups took control on Saturday of four villages,” Rami Abdel Rahman said.
“They managed to win back all of them,” he added, while referring to a “continuation of the fighting”.