Terrorists are blocking a humanitarian corridor established by the Syrian government

Summary

Terrorists in the northwestern province of Idlib, in Syria, are preventing citizens from crossing into government-controlled territory through the Abu Al-Duhur checkpoint. According to intelligence data, numerous people want to leave the area, but terrorist groups operating in Idlib are blocking the functioning of the humanitarian corridor established by the Syrian authorities, roads leading to the checkpoint have been also blocked and locals can’t leave under the threat of execution.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, claiming US support to terrorist groups, preventing civilians from leaving areas under siege to use them as human shields before, as they did in the case of the Rukban refugee camp in southern Syria in February 2019 and again in September of the same year.

According to Associated Press, the Syrian government opened a so-called humanitarian corridor to help civilians to escape from the ongoing fighting, but it remained unused in the first days. Many of the current inhabitants of Idlib are related to opposition groups. According to The Guardian, the corridor “leads to government-controlled areas, and few of those trapped see it as a safe escape route. Returnees with opposition links have faced detention, conscription or worse when arriving in parts of the country ruled by Assad’s forces”.

You can see other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on Syria, such as the extent of Bashar Al Assad’s popularity, his human rights record, the international support for Russia’s intervention in the country’s civil war or the alleged Western backing of terrorist groups there.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: Jihad, Syrian War, Terrorism
  • Outlet: Sputnik Mundo
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