Amid the ongoing shelling between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militants in Greater Idlib, a new round of a drone war was launched in the region.
On August 1st, according to the photos released by RusVesna, militant’s home-made reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down over the town of Kafr-Nabl in Idlib governorate. It was reportedly launched from the village of Al-Bara and was aimed at searching for targets and adjusting artillery fire.
The next day, on August 2nd, another drone was targeted with the Syrian Buk-M2E air defense system in the Al-Eis area in the southern countryside of Aleppo. The drone was most likely Turkish-made, and it may have been a TAI Anka, as they have been recently spotted flying over Greater Idlib.
The response came fast. Early on August 3rd, a Russian-made Forpost UAV was shot down near the town of Kafr Nuran, Aleppo governorate.
It seems that the drone crashed this morning while flying over Idlib region is Russian.
Still no info about the drone shot down yesterday. https://t.co/8DJx7JQHlZ pic.twitter.com/gXPQ2jD9mA
— MrRevinsky (@Kyruer) August 3, 2021
A few minutes before the UAV was shot down, a vehicle was struck with a precision-guided munition in the town of Kafr Nuran.
At the same time, the SAA and Turkish-backed factions continue artillery shelling in both Idlib and Aleppo governorates.
Government forces reportedly shelled the villages of Kafr Amma, Teqad, and Kfar Ta’al, west of Aleppo. A day before, the towns of al-Fatira and Sufuhun in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, were reportedly targeted.
The shelling may be a response to the recent escalation by Greater Idlib militants that was allegedly aimed at support of Daraa’s former rebels.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its allies, who operate under the banner of the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, have recently shelled government-held areas in southern Idlib, northern Lattakia, northwestern Hama and western Aleppo.
MORE ON THE TOPIC:
- Greater Idlib Militants Continue To Shell Government-Held Areas To ‘Support’ Daraa (Photos, Video)
- Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Voices Support To Daraa Rebels, Vows To Keep Shelling Government-Held Areas