HTS has become the most dominant militia in the province, having swallowed up the more moderate groups. They have reportedly rejected offers to “reconcile” with the government and with nowhere left to be sent, they are now fighting to the death.
Its militants have been mounting a fierce defence for Idlib and the government and its Russian backers have been struggling to make progress.
The Observatory, which tracks Syria’s civil war, reported on Monday that 815 people, including 226 civilians have been killed since April 30.
According to the United Nations, over 200,000 people were forced to flee the continuous bombing and shelling of towns in southern Idlib and northern Hama and have few options to seek safety.
Up to 80,000 of those who have fled are sleeping rough with no shelter, and many others are crammed into overcrowded homes.