Syrians in Binnish, Idlib, dance, chant slogans and strike drums while some wave flags of Turkey and the opposition as they protest against the Syrian government. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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A Russian-Turkish deal over Idlib has been met with distrust from war-weary Syrians in the rebel bastion."It's a partial solution," said Staif al-Ahmad, 27 .The father of two said that at the very least, he was glad the bombardment by Russian warplanes and regime artillery may stop for a period under the deal.For several weeks, Assad's troops have been amassing around the peripheries of Idlib, sending ominous airstrikes and artillery slamming into rebel positions as both Syrian and Russian officials beat the drums of war.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said around 50 people had been killed in Idlib and surrounding areas by Syrian and Russian bombing raids, barrel bombs and artillery fire since mid-August.Idlib province and surrounding rebel zones are home to some three million people, around half of them displaced from other battered zones.Wassim Sweid, another protester, said Idlib's residents deserved more.
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