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Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

Almost 100,000 people have been displaced since early December by fighting in northwestern Syria, where the regime is waging an offensive against jihadis, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Militant forces linked to the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda are reinforcing their positions opposite Syrian Arab Army lines in southwest Aleppo province after initially disengaging from the region several days ago, Al-Masdar News says.

Tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing a pocket of territory in Idlib province that President Assad's forces are trying to cut in two.

Hours after the Turkish backed assault started, sources on the ground reported that the Russian Air Force had intervened on the side of the regime, carrying out heavy airstrikes on civilian and military targets in the area.

The wide-scale counter-attack aims to foil the advance of the Syrian army and restore areas taken by the army in the northeastern countryside of Hama province in central Syria and the southeastern countryside of Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

Sixteen jihadists and rebels were killed in the counter-attack as they sought to cut off regime forces at the airport from their rear bases, the Britain-based war monitor said.

Now, an intense military showdown is taking place in the countryside of Idlib and Hama, a military source told Xinhua, adding that it is hard for the rebels to capture over 120 towns taken by the army in both Hama and Idlib since the Syrian army unleashed their attack in both countrysides two weeks ago.

"In 2017, the United Nations, through our appeal, raised $1.7 billion to help meet the needs of people all over Syria", he told reporters in Homs.

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