The Bashar Assad regime wrecked the historic district of northwestern Syria's Idlib province and destroyed historical artifacts after recently taking control of it.
On Wednesday, forces loyal to the Assad regime, backed by Russia, seized Maarat al-Numan, a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major opposition-held bastion, located in the southern part of Idlib. They devastated the city, bombarding buildings and places of historical importance. The town, which is about 70 kilometers from Turkey, hosts a number of inns, mosques and madrasah's dating back to the Ottoman era.
Maarat al-Numan, which had been under the control of opposition forces since 2012, turned into a ghost town after the Syrian regime intensified its attacks on the town in November 2019. About 300,000 civilians have been displaced from the town since November, according to data of the Syria Intervention Coordinatorship, which carries out migration studies in the region.
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