February 2012 Idlib Operation

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February 2012 Idlib operation
Part of the Idlib Governorate clashes (September 2011–March 2012)
Date February 14 – March 10, 2012
Location Idlib city, Idlib Governorate, Syria
Result Beginning of the Battle of Idlib

Flag of Syria (1932-1958; 1961-1963).svg Syrian National Council

Syria Syrian government

Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
11–54 killed (February 15)
38 killed (February 16)
55 killed (February 21)[2]
(opposition source)

The February 2012 Idlib operation was an action taken by the Regular Syrian Army, against anti-government Syrian forces in the city of Idlib, central city of the Idlib Governorate, as part of the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising. The operation began on February 14, 2012.[3]


As early as February 12, it was reported that the opposition forces within the city of Idlib were under preparations for the "inevitable attack" by Syrian Army troops.[4]


The operation in Idlib city began on February 14, 2012.[3] The Syrian Revolution General Commission reported that 54 people have been killed by security force gunfire across Syria on February 15, with most of the deaths in Idlib.[5] The LCC reported the number of deaths at Idlib on February 15 at 11 fatalities.[6] Chinese media reported photos of Idlib residents escaping a tank attack on the city.[7]

On February 16, Russian sources reported that several of the Idlib neighbourhoods fell under the control of armed groups who were looting government buildings and private offices.[8] The LCC reported that a massacre took place in the city, with 38 people killed, most in the Muhameel, allegedly executed by Syrian Army.[9] Heavy tank fire was also reported in the area.[9]

On February 19, FSA gunmen killed a state prosecutor and a judge.[10]

On February 21, LCC reported 55 were killed in a massacre.[citation needed]


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