The highway connects Aleppo and Damascus
The troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 14 Feb gained full control over the strategically important M5 highway. About it reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Associated Press.
So, today, Syrian government forces announced the restoration of control over the last stretch of the M5 highway in Idlib province. This highway is strategically important site in the civil war in Syria, because it connects Damascus and Aleppo.
It is noted that the Assad regime has lost control of the M5 highway in 2012, after the various rebel groups began to seize parts of Syria. Capture highway called the best victory of Assad after 8 years of fighting.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that on 14 February in the Syrian province of Idlib was shot down a military Mi-8 helicopter of the army of the Assad regime. The helicopter was shot down near the settlement Captan El Cebelia when he went from Aleppo to the front line.
Also RBC-Ukraine wrote that on February 11 in Syria’s Idlib province, opposition forces shot down a Mi-8 helicopter of the Assad regime. A military helicopter crashed South of the city of Idlib. In the accident the pilot was killed.
In addition, according to the UN, since December 1, 2019 province of Idlib left about 1 million inhabitants. The Syrians EN masse leave their homes because of the attack on the province of the forces of the Assad regime.