Radical militants launched early on November 1 a large-scale attack on Syrian military positions and civilian areas in the northern Lattakia countryside.
The surprise attack is reportedly being led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria. Other factions of the terrorist group and elements of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) are participating in the offensive.
Activists affiliated with HTS and other terrorist groups claimed that the militants managed to captured several villages and positions south of the town of Kabani.
HTS and its allies are yet to officially announce the attack or confirm the activists’ claims. However, pro-government sources confirmed that an attack is ongoing.
The northern Lattakia countryside is a prominent Alawite, Armenian region. In 2013, hundreds of civilians were killed or abducted during a similar attack by Turkish-backed factions. A year later, thousands, mostly Armenians, were displaced from the region as a result of another attack.
The new attack on the region coincides with a Turkish offensive on Kurdish-majority areas in northeast Syria. Radical SNA militants are leading the offensive, committing war crimes against civilians in the region.