Regime forces penetrate strategic Syrian town of Saraqib: Monitor

Displaced Syrians who fled the fighting in Idlib province's southeastern town of Sinjar drive on a road in a rebel-held area near the city of Saraqib on January 7, 2018. (File photo: AP)

Syrian government forces entered the strategic town of Saraqib in northwestern Idlib province, a war monitor and eye witnesses said on Wednesday, in a renewed push by President Bashar al-Assad to recapture the last rebel stronghold.

“Regime forces have entered Saraqib, after hundreds of extremists and allied forces retreated north of the town,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

Saraqib, a town 15 km (9 miles) to the east of Idlib city, lies at the junction of two main roads that Damascus seeks to fully control. Syrian state TV said on Wednesday that the roads were now within firing range of government forces.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57