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SYRIA’S ASSAD SAYS ALL REBEL-HELD AREAS TO RETURN UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL

DAMASCUS, Syria, Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, said Sunday, that, the remaining rebel-held areas in Syria, will return under the government control, adding that, the demilitarised zone deal, in Idlib province, is temporary.

Assad said, during a central committee meeting of the ruling al-Baath party, that, the recently reached demilitarised zone deal in Idlib, is a temporary measure, through which, the Syrian government has made gains, mainly stemming the bloodshed.

On Sept 30, Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a demilitarised zone in north-western Syria, by Oct 15. The demilitarised zone is planned to be established in areas between Aleppo, the north-eastern countryside of Latakia province, and Idlib.

The rebels will have to withdraw heavy weapons from the planned area, with the Turkish and Russian forces patrolling the demilitarised zone.

Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

The Syrian army is planning to launch a wide-scale offensive, to retake Idlib, as well as, rebel-held pockets in the northern countryside of Hama, the north-eastern countryside of Latakia, and the western countryside of Aleppo.-- NNN-SANA

The Turkish-backed rebels have started withdrawing some heavy weapons from the planned demilitarized zone, while the al-Qaida linked groups have expressed rejection to the deal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK