Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 10 December 2019

Syrian army resumes military operations against rebels in north-west Syria

Damascus blamed Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal

An aerial view taken on August 3, 2019, shows destroyed buildings in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of Idlib. AFP
An aerial view taken on August 3, 2019, shows destroyed buildings in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of Idlib. AFP

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in north-west Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands and killed hundreds. It blamed Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal.

Syrian state media said on Thursday the ceasefire would depend on militants fulfilling a Russian-Turkish deal that tried last year to create an Idlib buffer zone.

"The agreement to a truce was conditional. This did not happen. We resume our military operations against terrorist organisations," said the army statement.

Updated: August 6, 2019 12:53 PM

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