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Civilians in Syria's Idlib welcome truce, hoping it holds

The Free Syrian Army and civilians in rebel-held Idlib province are grateful for a reprieve from the regime offensive.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a news conference following their talks in Sochi, Russia September 17, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS - UP1EE9H1AY90W
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ALEPPO, Syria — Many residents of Idlib province are breathing a sigh of relief as others are holding their breath now that Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement that has stopped, or at least delayed, a humanitarian crisis.

The Turkish-Russian agreement to establish a buffer zone between Syrian regime forces and armed opposition groups in Idlib province received broad acclaim among residents of Idlib, northwest Aleppo province and northwest Hama province, all of which are controlled by the armed opposition.

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