northwest Syria is currently experiencing the most intense military escalation in three years. Since the beginning of October 2023, Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have been carrying out heavy shelling and airstrikes on the region, which is controlled by the opposition.
The escalation has been sparked by a number of factors, including:
The Syrian government’s desire to regain control of the entire country, including Idlib province, which is the last major stronghold of the opposition.
Russia’s desire to maintain its military presence in Syria and to support the Syrian government.
The Turkish government’s support for the opposition and its opposition to the Syrian government’s military offensive.
The escalation has had a devastating impact on the civilian population in northwest Syria. According to the United Nations, over 65 civilians have been killed and more than 265 have been injured since the beginning of October. The escalation has also displaced over 78,000 people.
The international community has expressed deep concern about the escalation in northwest Syria and has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
The UN Security Council is currently considering a resolution to demand an end to the fighting and to protect civilians.
It is unclear how long the escalation in northwest Syria will continue. However, it is clear that the situation is dire and that the civilian population is paying a heavy price for the conflict.