The city of Sarakib is under control of the Syrian army
On Monday, the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria announced that «The Turkish Air Force did not violate the Syrian border. There were no attacks on the positions of the Syrian troops». It was noted that on Monday night, the Turkish military were shelled by the Syrian forces in Idlib, who were firing at the terrorists, since Turkey did not warn Russia about their movements. Earlier, the Turkish president announced that the Turkish F-16 fighters, and the Turkish artillery, attacked targets in Idlib in response to the shelling of the Turkish troops.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that the Turkish forces were sent to the Syrian Idlib in order to fortify the observation posts. 12 observation posts of the Turkish army are operational in the Syrian province of Idlib at the moment. Cavusoglu also said that Russia and Turkey are working together in order to reduce the tensions in Idlib. According to him — the Astana and Sochi agreements, made for the settlement of the Syrian situation, still continue to operate, but they were damaged.
The Russian delegation will arrive in Turkey to negotiate on the situation in the de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib — the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Friday, on air of the ‘NTV’. Cavusoglu claimed that «the aggression of the regime of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib continues». Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that there has been an escalation of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone during the last few weeks.
The «Al Mayadeen» TV reports that on Wednesday the Syrian army entered the city of Sarakib, which served as an outpost of the terrorist group «Jebhat al-Nusra» in the province of Idlib. The Syrian military began searching the residential areas of Sarakib after the terrorists left it. The «Al Mayadeen» TV also reports that the Syrian army is chasing the terrorists, currently retreating from Sarakib. On Wednesday, after a fierce battle with the terrorists, the Syrian army liberated the town of Duir, located to the north of the city.
Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, announced that on the night of 6th of February, a passenger airliner Airbus-320, with 172 passengers on board, nearly came under fire during an Israeli air strike on Damascus. The airplane was en-route Tehran — Damascus. It was supposed to land at the airport in Damascus. “Thanks to the swift actions of the airport dispatchers, and the efficient operation of the automated air traffic control system, it was possible to get the Airbus-320 out of the Syrian air defense strike zone, and safely land the airplane at the nearest alternative airport — at the Russian airbase ‘Khmeimim’” — Igor Konashenkov explained and underlined that «The Israeli General Staff performs a military operation in the air, while using civilian aircraft with passengers on board either for their own cover, or to block the response of the Syrian air defense forces. It is becoming a typical feature of the Israeli Air Force».
The ‘Reuters’ reports, while citing their sources, that the USA suspended, for a while, the secret program, joint with Turkey, on the scout flights by the US drones over the territories, controlled by the forces of the Syrian Kurds. The scout flights were performed by unarmed US drones, from the military base ‘Incirlik’, used by the air forces of Turkey and the US. The decision was made after Ankara launched the military operation “Source of Peace” in Syria. There is no official confirmation of the complete cessation by the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey, or the Pentagon. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.