Syrian soldier Hussein Hassane, 23, said the battle was hard in the beginning until the rebels' defenses collapsed and that's "when we got the orders to enter Khan Sheikhoun".
The Turkish Defense Minister said on Saturday that the center is operating "at full capacity" and that "the destruction of terrorist strongholds" has begun.
In northwest Syria, Syrian insurgents launched counterattacks Tuesday in and near areas recently taken by government forces in the country's last remaining rebel region, after a series of setbacks they suffered in recent weeks, opposition activists said.
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"We talked about cooperation on the Su-35" fighter jet and "about possible work even on the new Su-57 plane", Putin said, after he and Erdogan inspected the cockpit of the fifth-generation warplane at an airshow outside Moscow. "The Russian presence around Morek is to defuse tensions between the Syrian regime and the Turks", the official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.
That area has come under intense Russian and regime aerial bombardment and been depleted of nearly all of its residents in the past two weeks, the observatory says. Turkey has retaliated against previous attacks on some of its 12 posts in Idlib and northern Hama.
The northwest offensive has prompted United Nations warnings of a new humanitarian crisis amid the gains by Damascus and its partner Moscow, which has helped President Bashar al-Assad turn the tide in the eight-year-old conflict since intervening in 2015. It also underscored that President Bashar Assad's forces will face a long, hard fight as they try to chip away at the last rebel-held territory.
A deal between Russian Federation and rebel backer Turkey signed in September a year ago sought to set up the demilitarised area to avert an all-out government assault, but militants refused to withdraw. The deal creates "a security mechanism, not safe zone, that assuages Turkey's claims of fearing over its national security", he added.
In the past a few days, the regime's forces have advanced to "strategic" areas in southern rural Idlib, the key of which are Khan Shaykhun city, located on the Damascus-Aleppo International Highway, and the Ltamenah city, the principal line in defense of Syria's north, which the Syrian opposition's factions are in control of. Photos they shared showed large clouds of grey smoke rising from the rural area.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a auto blew up in the al-Qusoor neighbourhood. Iran and Russian Federation are allies of Assad, but work closely with Turkey for a political solution to the conflict. A strike hit a market in the city of Saraqeb causing injuries and extensive damage to a main residential area.