Idlib civilians hope for peace and safety after demilitarised zone deal

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Huras al-Din armed group rejects demilitarisation deal for Syria's Idlib

The demilitarised zone agreed by Turkey and Russian Federation will be 15 to 20 km (10 to 12 miles) deep and run along the contact line between rebel and government fighters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey would continue to increase the number of safe zones within Syria to include the east of the Euphrates River. In addition to this, transit traffic on the M4 (Aleppo-Latakia) and M5 (Aleppo-Hama) routes, which have been closed for many years due to the civil war, will be restored by the end of 2018.

The agreement will prevent military action against the city of Idlib, Russia's defence minister said.

The 10-article memorandum of the Sochi deal suggests that the Idlib demilitarized area will be preserved, while Turkish observation posts will be fortified and continue to function.

Le Drian said that global pressure and warnings of a looming humanitarian crisis in Idlib had proven effective in checking an all-out assault by the Syrian regime.

Emboldened, they are taking to the streets at least once a week against Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.

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The president said the zone, which will be patrolled by Turkish and Russian forces, will be 15 to 20km deep and run along the contact line between rebel and government fighters.

In the meantime, field sources in Northern Syria reported that a new convoy of the Turkish troops, including elite forces, personnel-carrier vehicles and canons have been dispatched to Rayhanli region in Hatay province near the border with Western Idlib. The Al Qaeda-linked HTS has not yet said whether it has accepted the deal.

In a statement, it added "we remain cautious and alert to any treachery by the Russians, the regime and the Iranians, especially after the issuance of statements by them that indicate this agreement is temporary".

On August, Turkey has legally listed the Syrian group Tahrir al-Sham as an alternate name for the Nusra Front terrorist group.

Erdogan recently reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to pause a Syrian government offensive on the northern province of Idlib, the last major stronghold of the Syrian opposition.

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