7,000 PEOPLE RETURN TO SYRIA’S IDLIB AFTER RUSSIA-TURKEY DEAL

DAMASCUS, Syria, Around 7,000 people have returned home to Syria's north-western province of Idlib, within two days, after the recent Russian-Turkish deal, that averted a wide-scale Syrian military offensive, local news reported, Wednesday.

The people returned to the countryside of Idlib and the nearby northern countryside of Hama province, in central Syria, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UN said, more than 30,000 people fled their homes, out of fear of an all-out assault on Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

The situation has changed, when the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed, on Monday, to avoid a military confrontation, in Idlib, and establish a demilitarised zone, instead.

Idlib is home to some of the Syrian government's staunchest opponents, including civilians and insurgents.

The deal minimised the sight of war in Idlib, at least for the time being, causing people to start returning home.

Source: NAM News Network