+ 150,000 people displaced within week

More than 150,000 people have been displaced in the last week of areas in northwestern Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday, as the regime and its ally Russia stepped up their air strikes on the region.

The escalation of the bombardment of the northern Idlib and northern Hama villages, according to the UN, displaced more than 152,000 women, children and men towards safer areas, according to  Al Arabiya Al Hadath.

The two regions have been hit by heavy air strikes by regime and Russian airliners for a week.

The mercenaries of Haiet Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) control armed factions of the Turkish occupation of Idlib and parts of the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama. This zone includes an agreement reached by Moscow and Ankara in Sochi in September, establishing a demilitarized zone separating between the control areas of the regime forces and the mercenaries .

Implementation of the agreement has not yet been completed. Damascus accuses Ankara of "delaying" its implementation.

"All parties must respect international law and the protection of civilians," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the parties of the conflict "to commit themselves to respect the cease-fire arrangements signed" in Sochi.



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