Russian and Syrian forces have intensified their bombing campaign of Saraqib city, which is considered the last key opposition transit point in Idlib. This opens route for the final assault on the rebel-held bastion.
Looming conflict nearby is nothing new for Mhardeh, where life continues and volunteer soldiers are ready to join war's last major battle; the Idlib offensive. Mhardeh city centre is just ten kilometres from Idlib province, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria.
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.