Maaret Al-Numan, home to around 150,000 people four months ago, is now a field of levelled or gutted buildings. The extremist and rebel forces that controlled the town pulled back to regroup in some of the other towns in their ever-shrinking Idlib bastion
Monitoring groups estimate that more than sixty people died in the latest bout of clashes in the Idlib province of Syria. Most of the clashes were around Ma'arat Nu'man which is expected to be the target of the regime offensive that started Thursday.
Despite controlling most of Idlib Province, Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has failed to garner the support of the local population. The closure of several universities has proven especially unpopular with young people.