Saraqib is located east of Idlib. The ancient site of Ebla lies about five kilometers south of the town. Saraqib participated in the Syrian uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad since at least April 2011. It has a stratigic location on Aleppo-Damascus and Aleppo-Latakia roads. On 2 November 2012 it was reported to be completely under Free Syrian Army control. This video shows what activists say is a government airstrike on the town. Video courtesy of sarakeb2011 YouTube channel.