Damascus, Syria –On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that army forces will soon head to the rebel-held province of Idlib to back dozens of besieged soldiers.
Rebel factions supported by the Nusra Front took over major parts of Idlib province nearly a month ago. The town of Jir al-Shughour in Idlib has also fallen to the hands of the rebels after a forced withdrawal of pro-Assad forces.
“And now, God willing, the army will arrive soon to aid these heroes who are besieged in the Jisr al-Shughour Hospital and continue the battle to defeat the terrorists,” Assad said during a visit to a school on the occasion of Syrian Martyrs’ Day.
Emphasizing the high morale of his army after losing Idlib, Assad said: “Psychological defeat is the final defeat and we are not worried.”
Regime forces have recently endured a series of setbacks on the battlefield and Islamist fighters have edged closer to Assad’s stronghold in the coastal areas near Latakia province.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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