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ACU Situation Report IDLEB

Idleb Governorate is located in Northern Syria adjacent to Turkish borders. Idleb since the beginning of the revolution was among the anti-regime governorates, and due to the liberation of its countryside before the city, many IDPs were displaced to the city. Idleb is called the “green city” because it has many growing olive trees there. Idleb is located in south west of Aleppo City. The distance between Idleb and Aleppo is 60km, between Idleb and Lattakia is 132 km, it is 330 km away from Damascus, 168 km from Homs, and 105 km from Hama. Idleb City is considered the first administrative region in the governorate. The total population of Idleb City before the crisis is 165,000 people, whereas the population before the liberation of the city 400,000 people, this big increase in population is due to massive IDP waves escaping from the bombardment in neighboring cities and villages.

The opposition forces currently besiege about 7,000 people in Kefraya and Foaa villages. Big part of them fled since the beginning of Idleb liberation battle.

Assistance Coordination Unit received this information from the people who escaped Foaa village in the Northern countryside of Idleb and Ariha Cities.

Ariha City, Mhambal Sub-district, and Abu Zuhoor military airport are the only areas left for regime forces in Idleb. Abu Zuhoor military airport is totally besieged and the clashes are ongoing around it. Since declaring the liberation battle of Idleb and until the moment of writing this report, it is under attack by regime forces who use all kinds of weapons in order to kill civilians and destroy Idleb Governorate infrastructure. More than 600 raids were recorded as following: 369 warplanes raids, and 237 barrels were thrown by helicopters on different areas in the governorate. More than 870 rockets are estimated to be shelled on the city, and 9 chemical weapon raids with chlorine gas were thrown on the city too. An estimated 180,000 IDPs left their homes and moved towards the liberated areas. ACU calculated around 167,592 IDPs, and only 20,000 were allowed to go to regime controlled areas like Ariha, Hama and the coast.

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