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A new crossing for civilians between Assad regime and opposition areas open with Russian and Turkish support

Syria

Assad regime forces opened a new crossing between its held areas in Aleppo southern countryside and opposition-held areas in Idlib eastern countryside near Tal Toqan village on the road between Saraqib city and Abu Dhurur towns to allow civilians to go back to their villages in Idlib eastern countryside which were captured by Assad regime.

On Sunday, Assad regime forces opened the crossing near a Turkish observation point with Russian and Turkish support according to NSO reporter after local councils in south Aleppo demanded the regime to open the crossing to allow displaced civilians from going back to their villages.

The new crossing is located on the road between Saraqib city and Abu Dhuhur town and passes by Tal Sultan area near Tal Toqan village, it is expected that a Turkish observation forces to manage the crossing from Idlib and Russian forces from Aleppo countryside.

The crossing witnessed dozens of civilians majority are old civilians going back to their villages in Aleppo southern countryside and Idlib eastern countryside which were captured by Assad regime especially amid infighting in Idlib between Jabhet Tahrir Syria and Hayyet Tahrir al-Sham.

Lately, majority of crossings between Assad regime-held areas and opposition-held areas were closed such as Abu Dali crossing which was captured by HTS then Assad forces and al-Sa’en in Hama countryside in addition to Mourek which was opened to ease the trade trucks and civilians travelling while all crossings connecting Idlib countryside with Efrin area were closed when Olive Branch operation started.

Earlier this year, Assad regime forces backed by Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese militias and Russian air cover captured the majority of Aleppo southern countryside after clashes with HTS before regime captured all areas east al-Hijaz Railway in addition to other areas in the west which caused a huge displacement wave.