'Is the 'New Normal' in Idlib Different from the 'Old Normal'?: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Idlib' [open pdf - 0B]
From the Document: "Measures taken by the administration and the population against COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] in Idlib have been insufficient. Although local health authorities were aware of dangers, they lacked the capacity to influence political and military decision-makers. Therefore, COVID-19 did not have a considerable impact on the daily life of the population and training of military groups. People still convened in open spaces and held closed meetings; markets were crowded and without adequate protection measures; mosques were crowded during the month of Ramadan and celebrations were performed as usual. As escalation and new political/social dynamics now dominate Idlib's current agenda after the Moscow agreement, the COVID-19 pandemic is not a priority for the actors on the ground. This contribution aims to examine the activities of HTS [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] in the context of the pandemic"
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