Syrian and Russian forces stand guard as civilians enter the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on August 20, 2018. / AFP / George OURFALIAN
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Moscow is reinforcing its military presence in the Mediterranean near Syria, Russian media reported Tuesday, as speculation grows that Damascus is planning a Russian-backed offensive on rebel-held Idlib province.Pro-Kremlin paper Izvestia said Russia currently has 10 warships and two submarines in Syrian waters, saying this amounted to Moscow's biggest military presence there since it became involved in the conflict in 2015 .According to Izvestia, Russia plans to send "several more" warships to Syria. At the weekend, Russia repeatedly accused Syrian militants of planning the attack in the rebel-held province.
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