Backed by Turkish military forces, anti-government forces, on 20 February 2020, has launched an operation against the Syrian government forces in Idlib. Several media have reported that heavy fighting is taking place in the area.
Anti-government forces of Syria‚ who are fighting to re-take areas earlier captured by the government forces, entered Nairab town of Idlib province.
Before advancing towards Idlib, the anti-government forces hit government targets with artillery fire in neighboring Saraqeb.
According to few media report, anti-government forces destroyed a tank and an armoured personnel carrier belonging to the Syrian Arab Army and also seized a second tank.
Saraqeb is known as the “gateway” to the province, which is located in southeastern Idlib.
Idlib was an anti-government stronghold, and it occupies a strategic location on the junction between the M5 highway which links Damascus to Aleppo and the M4 highway which connects Aleppo to Latakia.
Syrian Arab Army, after entering Nairab on 3 February 2020, overran Saraqeb on 7 February 2020.