El ejército sirio toma la autopista Damasco-Alepo
February 11, 2020 - Tropas sirias, apoyadas por cobertura aérea rusa, han tomado el control de la estratégica autopista Damasco-Alepo por primera vez desde 2012, después de semanas de combates que han obligado a huir a cientos de miles de civiles.
Syrian forces seized the entire length of the M5 highway after capturing a western suburb of Aleppo from insurgents, as the government intensified its campaign to capture the last opposition stronghold in Syria’s northwest.
Last week, government troops recaptured Saraqib, a strategic crossroads town where the M5 intersects with a main west-east highway.
The latest advances by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces come after 13 Turkish troops were killed in the northwestern Idlib region over the past week, prompting some of the most serious confrontations between Ankara and Damascus, Reuters said.
Nearly a quarter of the three million people in Idlib and surrounding areas have surged north to escape the widening, multi-front assault by Assad’s forces. The exodus is one of the largest of the nine-year civil war and risks creating one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the conflict.