Ahrar al-Sham Evacuates Idleb Bases to Avoid Civilian Deaths from Air Strikes

Rebel commander tells opposition outlet Zaman al-Wasl that Ahrar's Farouq Brigades left the city in an effort to end indiscriminate civilian deaths, adding that it expected other factions to follow suit

The Farouq Brigades, a key rebel unit in the Ahrar al-Sham movement, said Wednesday it had evacuated all its bases in Idleb in an attempt to end the indiscriminate killing of civilians by regime and Russian warplanes in the northern city.

Rebel commander Abdul Rauouf Abaid told Zaman al-Wasl that the group expected similar steps by other rebel factions based in Idleb.

Al-Bayt al-Idlibi, a leading civil group in Idleb, has demanded all rebels flee the city in order to avoid aerial bombing.

Syrian regime air strikes and daily shelling have killed half a million people and displaced 12 million more since the revolution erupted in March 2011.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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