Syrian regime steps up offensive on Idlib

Idlib is supposed to be a 'de-escalation zone' - set up last year with the backing of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

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    Government forces in Syria are stepping up their offensive against opposition fighters in their largest remaining stronghold.

    Idlib is supposed to be a "de-escalation zone" - set up last year with the backing of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

    But the deal appears to have crumbled: President Bashar al-Assad - backed by Russia - is bent on regaining control of the area, to cement his grip on power.

    For civilians, the onslaught is causing misery in freezing winter conditions.

    Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim reports.


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