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Sep 10 2018

FSA member threatens to cross border if Turkey bails out on Idlib - BBC producer

Members of the Syrian opposition, possibly from Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the country’s Eastern Ghouta region say they are ready to attack Turkey should the country turn its back on the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, BBC producer Riam Dalati reported.

More than 30,000 people have fled their homes in the region after the Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments in the last opposition strong hold in the country last week. Turkey warned against the attacks, citing concerns of a looming humanitarian crisis in the absence of a ceasefire in the region, which the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on.

Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has fought alongside the FSA in Syria during Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in 2016, and Olive Branch, which began in January, against forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

"If you sell out Idlib, then this is your wall and that's our tunnel. We'll be in Reyhanli in less than 2 hours," a member of the FSA said in a video posted on Twitter where he shared images of a tunnel leading to Turkey’s border town of Reyhanli.