12 Syrian service members were killed and 24 others were injured in the last 24 hours, the commander of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria revealed on January 17.
In an official statement, Maj. Gen. Yuri Borenkov said that the personnel were killed in clashes with terrorist groups in southeast Idlib, as well as in a drone attack on Aleppo.
“At 11:34 a.m. on January 17, 2020, militants using an unmanned aerial vehicle attacked positions of government forces in the Assad Academy in Aleppo city. Two Syrian soldiers were killed and four injured,” the Russian commanders said.
A day earlier, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its ground operation in southeast Idlib in response to provocations by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
Despite initial advances, the army was pushed back by HTS after a series of successful counter-attacks. Turkish-backed militants provided the terrorist group with fire support during the clashes.
Intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes are now targeting southeast Idlib. The army’s elite units, the 25th Special Forces Division and the 4th Division, will reportedly launch ground attacks in the upcoming few days, which could dramatically change the situation.