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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.

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.