Few hours into the new ceasefire, militants stationed in Greater Idlib launched at least five rockets at the town of al-Qardahah and several villages surrounding it in Lattakia’s countryside.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the rockets were launched from Shashabo mount in southwestern Idlib in the early hours of August 2. The militants’ rocket launcher was reportedly stationed right next to a Turkish observation post.
“Some rockets landed in the town of Bishalama, southeast of al-Qardahah city, resulting in the martyrdom of a citizen and the injury of three other civilians,” the agency’s reporter in Lattakia said.
There was no immediate claim for the attack. However, Shashabo mountain is known to be occupied by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
Located 23km southeast of Lattakia’s city center, al-Qardahah is one of the governorate’s main urban centers and the hometown of the country’s President, Bashar al-Assad.
The rocket attack, which took place seven hours into the ceasefire, reflects the militants’ determination to sabotage any peaceful agreement. Local observers had predicted that the new ceasefire will fail within a few days, citing the failure of previous agreements.