UPDATE (14.07.2020, 17:00 CEST): According to fresh data, the attack was conducted with a car bomb.
Unknown group, Kataib Hattab ash-Shishani, claimed responsibility for the attack. Nonetheless, there is no such group active in Idlib. Most likely, this is a fake brand used to draw attention from the real attackers.
On July 14, at least 3 Russian soldiers were injured in a large explosion of an improvised explosive device on the way of the Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway in Syria’s southern Idlib. The Russian Defense Ministry added that Turkish personnel were also affected by the attack.
The attack took place near the entrance to the militant-held town of Ariha, which lays on the route of the patrol.
According to pro-government sources, in respnose to the attack on the patrol, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched airstrikes on positions of radical militant groups in northeastern Lattakia and southwestern Idlib.
A general look at the military situation in northwestern Syria:
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