Commuting on key Syria road back to normal

Commuting is back to normal on a strategic road in Syria that has just been retaken from Takfiri militants fighting against the Syrian government.

The road links the central city of Hama with the flashpoint city of Aleppo in the north.

It hosted the first convoy of over 20 trucks carrying fuel supplies to Aleppo on Wednesday.

The route had been closed since August because of heavy fighting between the army and foreign-sponsored militants.

The army took control of the road on Sunday night after engaging in a fierce battle with the militants.

This came on the heels of several recent advances by the army against the militants in the north.

Since mid 2012, the government forces have been fighting with the foreign-backed militants to take control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the country’s former commercial hub.

Meanwhile, France and Saudi Arabia agreed to give more weapons to the foreign-backed Takfiri militants operating in Syria.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday, “Our approach to the situation is identical.”

He made the comment after holding talks with Saudi officials in the city of Jeddah.

The French defense minister said Paris and Riyadh would support the so-called Syrian National Coalition and the terrorist Free Syrian Army “on the military level, as well as the humanitarian and political levels.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

The United Nations said on Monday that more than four million more Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.

Two million Syrians are expected to take refuge outside the country while 2.25 million others are predicted to be internally displaced in the next year.

By Press TV


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