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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Units of the Russian military police have been deployed to the city of Saraqib — located in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, where tensions have recently escalated — to ensure security there, the Russian Defense Ministry's centre for Syria reconciliation said on Monday.

    "Taking into consideration how important it is to ensure security and unhampered movement of vehicles and civilians on M4 — M5 highways [connecting Latakia and Saraqib, and Damascus and Aleppo respectively], units of the Russian military police have been deployed to the city of Saraqib, starting 17:00, March 2, 2020," the reconciliation centre said in a statement.
    • Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      © Sputnik / Basel Shartouh
    • Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      © Sputnik / Basel Shartouh
    • Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      © Sputnik / Basel Shartouh
    • Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      © Sputnik / Basel Shartouh
    • Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate
      © Sputnik / Basel Shartouh
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    Town of Saraqib, Syria's Idlib Governorate

    On Monday, the Syrian army retained control over Saraqib, a strategically important town located on the intersection of the Aleppo-Damascus and Aleppo-Latakia highways.

    For several years, Saraqib was one of the biggest terrorist strongholds in Idlib.  

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