On February 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced east and north of Saraqib city, effectively placing any remaining militants inside under siege.
According to pro-government sources, the army imposed control of the Saraqib’s eastern entrance. The troops are now advancing towards its northern entrance. The only road left under militants control is blocked by the army’s fire.
Opposition sources are claiming that the city is now witnessing heavy clashes between the SAA and al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Some even claimed that the Turkish military posts in the city’s vicinity had targeted by army troops. These claims are yet to be verified.
The battle of Saraqib will not likely last for long. Most of the city is already besieged by the SAA, with reports of Syrian troops entering the southern and southeastern districts.