After a six-hour summit, the Turkish and Russian presidents announced the implementation of a ceasefire in Idlib. Since the ceasefire came into effect, the embattled province has been in a state of calm, offering a respite to the nearly a million Syrians displaced in the region.
A ceasefire in Idlib agreed between Moscow and Ankara was violated just hours after it came into force. With the Syrian Government and Opposition factions blaming each-other for the violations, the future of this latest ceasefire remains uncertain.
Nearly 3 million civilians living in the last rebel-held province, Idlib, cautiously welcome the creation of a 'demilitarised' zone after Russia and Turkey's deal. However, the residents express concern over Assad's commitment.
Turkish Red Crescent official says aid staff are preparing tents for 90,000 people but expect many more to be 'ready to survive by themselves' if the Syrian government launches an offensive on Idlib, the last rebel-held province.
The head of the Turkey-based Syria's National Coalition (SNC), Abdulrahman Mustafa, said that the rebels would not turn against Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the wake of a government assault on Idlib.
Syrian officials’ statements about the coming battle for Idlib are alarming the residents of the rebel-held province. Al-Haj Abu Youssef, a small shop owner in al-Dabit neighbourhood in the suburbs of Idlib, shares his concerns about the military and political developments that surround the fate of his city.
As clashes around the region escalate and there are rumours of an impending offensive by loyalist Syrian forces, researcher Ahmet Altindal, argues that Idlib could be the endgame for the Syrian conflict which has been ongoing since 2011.