2/ Via Whatsapp, I also asked a Kurdish official what steps the authorities in Northeast Syria have already taken to battle the spread of corona virus. In my next stories about Corona in Syria, I'll also try to report on the situation in Idlib and in Damascus/Aleppo. @akhbar
In Idlib, governing body has banned open markets and bazaars over coronavirus fears, but medics there say they still deeply concerned. “All we have is oxygen tanks and painkillers, you can’t fight the disease with that," a doctor tells @Beltrew
Assad regime, HTS, and ISIS attempt to silence female journalists in Idlib
Major kill of ISIS leader. —now confirmed with biometric tests. US military source confirms Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is dead. US long suspected he was hiding in Idlib province. “US forces did a terrific job. —it shows it may take time but terrorists won’t find a sanctuary”
1/ Turkey realizes that the only way to pressure Europe on escalation in Idlib is by allowing refugees to go to Europe. Today busses in Istanbul were picking up refugees to drop them off in Edirne, a Turkish town close to border crossings with Greece &Bulgaria. Vid via @OweisAk
This is no longer a refugee problem. It is a blatant attempt by Turkey to use desperate people to promote its geopolitical agenda. The people who have tried to enter Greece in the past days did not come from Idlib. They have been living safely in Turkey for a long period of time.
Some terrible images coming out of Russian/Syrian airstrikes in Idlib today. A headless child. A breathing, bleeding fetus. A boy shredded from the chest down. They're too awful to post. But it doesn't stop.
Hospitals are overwhelmed with victims of a suspected chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province.