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Syrian opposition: No civilians crossing to regime-held areas

Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have opened three crossings in the northwestern province of Idlib to allow civilians to flee, but the opposition claims no civilians have crossed into the government-controlled areas.
Trucks carry belongings of people fleeing from Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano - RC2U1E91IDWY

ALEPPO, Syria — On Jan. 19, the armed Syrian opposition attacked positions of regime forces and their allied Russian-backed fighters in Abu Dafna village in eastern Idlib province. The opposition inflicted casualties on the regime during the battles and mutual bombardment between the two sides, and responded to ground attacks by regime forces in Idlib province. 

Regime forces have intensified in recent weeks their ground and air bombing of opposition-held areas in Idlib and western Aleppo provinces, displacing thousands of civilians.

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