The Turkish artillery shelled the city of Saraqib
The ‘Al Jazeera TV’ reports that the Turkish artillery shelled the city of Sarakib and the nearby areas where the Syrian troops are stationed. The shelling was carried out from heavy artillery pieces. It was also reported that «The Syrian opposition fighters, under the cover of the Turkish artillery, started large-scale offensive operations against the Syrian government forces in the east of Idlib province». The city of Sarakib was liberated by the Syrian army during the last week, on Thursday.
The negotiations between Russia and Turkey on the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone resumed in Ankara. Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that an agreement between Russia and Turkey on Idlib has not yet been reached. «If the agreement was reached — there would be no need for today’s meeting» — Mevlut Cavusoglu explained, and added that «The ceasefire in Idlib should be introduced immediately.» «To ensure a truce in Idlib, it is necessary to stop the offensive of the Syrian army». Otherwise, according to the Turkish minister — Turkey will «take an action in Idlib». The first round of the negotiations took place in Ankara on Saturday. It lasted for about 3 hours.
The ‘SANA’ news agency reports, while citing a statement of the Syrian high command, that the government forces «regained the control over an area of more than 600 square kilometers in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, and liberated dozens of local settlements from the terrorist groups». It was also reported that the regiments of the Syrian army that were advancing towards each other from the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, finally met on Saturday in the Tell-Iss area, on the Aleppo-Damascus highway. This achievement will allow the Syrian troops to regain the control over the entire strategic freeway that links the north and the south of the country.
4 Israel — the Gaza Strip
The IDF reported on Twitter that in response to a missile, launched towards Israel, the IDF attacked a number of military targets of the radical Palestinian movement ‘Hamas’, based in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, the IDF press service reported that the air raid sirens were activated in the city of Sderot, and in areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip. A missile launch on the Israeli territory was spotted as well.
A car-bomb exploded on Monday, in the Syrian city of Afrin, located at the north of the province of Aleppo. The explosion killed 6 people, 11 were injured. The city of Afrin is currently under control of the pro-Turkish groups.
The Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced during a meeting with the Deputy Prime Ministers that the Russian Government allocated more than 71 billion of rubles as a one-time payment to the WWII veterans, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the World War II. “The veterans will receive these funds in April or May” — Mikhail Mishustin specified. The Russian Vice Prime Minister, Tatyana Golikova, specified that the veterans will receive their payments automatically. The lump-sum decree was signed by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Friday. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.