Late on May 31, an unidentified unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib.
According to opposition sources, the airstrikes targeted the eastern part of al-Zayiya and the outskirt of the town of Benin.
Some activists claimed that the UCAV was belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces. While there are numerous reports that Russia possess such capabilities, officially the Russian military has not announced it operates UCAVs.
In the last few months, a series of drones strikes targeted militants in Greater Idlib. A week ago, a field commander of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation, known as Hisham Abu Ahmad, was killed in the region’s southern part as a result of a drone strike.
No side has claimed responsibility for any of the recent strikes so far. However, militants usually blame Russia and Iran for them.
Tensions are mounting in Greater Idlib, where Turkey deployed thousands of troops as well as loads of heavy weapons. According to opposition sources, the Syrian Arab Army is now amassing a strike force in the region, possibly to launch a new operation soon.