Regime advanced, exodus in demilitarized zone, political-economic shake waiting for Turkey

Violent escalation continues in the so-called demilitarized zones, where regime forces have made limited progress with the support of Russian warplanes, causing the exodus of more than 150,000 persons, while Erdogan has canceled the results of the Istanbul elections, threatening of a Turkish economic and political turbulence.

On Wednesday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the escalation in the demilitarized zones of Syria, as well as the repercussions of canceling the results of Istanbul elections.

Al-Arab: Progress to the regime's forces in the last major stronghold of the opposition in Syria

Al-Arab newspaper said, "The Syrian regime has made limited progress in the last stronghold of the armed opposition and jihadists in Syria, according to a newspaper loyal to the Syrian government and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with the resumption of Syrian and Russian warplanes on Tuesday morning raids coincided with rocket attacks on several towns and villages in the southern countryside of Idlib and the northern countryside of Hama."

It added, "Al-Watan newspaper said on Tuesday that the army had taken control of the villages of al-Janabera and Othman Hill, where the opposition said on Monday they had confronted the attacks launched by the government. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government forces took control of Othman Hill, located in northwest Syria within the demilitarized zone agreed upon between the government-allied Russia and Turkey, allied with the armed opposition to avoid a major operation by the government forces on the region. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed in a statement on Monday his concern about the intensification of fighting in northwestern Syria."

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Mass exodus, destructing hospitals in Idlib

In a related context, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "The United Nations confirmed on Tuesday the displacement of more than 150 thousand people in north-west Syria last week, against the backdrop of the escalation of air strikes by the regime forces and its ally Russia. The spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs David Swanson told the press of AFP, "We are concerned about the continued reports of air attacks on the civilian centers and civilian infrastructure."

Al-Arab: The cancellation of the elections in Istanbul threatens political and economic turbulence in Turkey

About the Turkish elections, al-Arab newspaper said, "The AKP has led Turkey to a new political and economic shake by pushing it back to the local elections won by its opponents in Istanbul and thus opening the world's attention to the reality of democracy advocated by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party as it is a game to stay in the power. The re-elections resolution was met with strong reactions at home and abroad, most of which described what happened as a coup d'état against democracy, warning of the consequences of that on the status of Turkey, while the opposition announced that it would participate strongly in the re-elections to prove that the talk of the ruling party about "forgery" in the last time was only an attempt to steal the votes of the people from the gate of the law."



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