First rebel group begins withdrawal from demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

Feylak al Sham militants start withdrawing units from Syria’s Idlib

Feylak al Sham militants start withdrawing units from Syria’s Idlib

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Fighters from the Faylaq al-Sham group "began pulling out of areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo and the western suburbs of Aleppo city with heavy weapons, including tanks and cannons", said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A formerly US-backed Syrian rebel group on Saturday rejected a deal between Russian Federation and Turkey to avert a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province.

Several rebel sources said neither militant nor mainstream rebels had started to pull back yet.

Earlier this month, Turkey, a backer of the opposition, and Russian Federation, which is the key backer of the Syrian government, agreed to establish a demilitarized zone at a depth between 15-20 km between the Syrian forces and the rebels in Idlib.

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TRT World's Sara Firth reports on the mood among opposition fighters in the wake of the deal.

It had been close to Ankara but their ties cooled after it refused to join a Turkish-backed alliance, the National Liberation Front.

The biggest jihadi group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls 60 percent of Idlib, has yet to say whether it will stage a pullout under the deal, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said would "prevent a humanitarian crisis".

Russia-backed Syrian regime forces have massed around Idlib province in recent weeks, sparking fears of an imminent air and ground attack to retake the opposition bastion. De Mistura said this committee should have not more than 50 members.

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