For the first time ever, Turkish combat drones targeted two positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
“A Turkish drone targeted [on April 26 afternoon] a fortified position and a mortar post of HTS near [the town of] San in the eastern Idlib countryside, as a result, two personnel [of the group] were killed and others were injured,” the Step News Agency said in a short report.
Opposition activists said the strike was a response to a mortar attack which targeted a Turkish “observation” post near the town of al-Nerab south of Idlib city.
Earlier, Turkish forces clashed with radical militants blocking the M4 highway near al-Nerab. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least four militants of HTS and employees of the group’s government were killed in the clashes.
Turkish forces managed to push the radicals away, thus securing the highway that links the coastal city of Lattakia with Aleppo city in the northern region.
According to opposition activists, the vicinity of al-Nerab is now witnessing clashes between the Turkish military and HTS. These claims are yet to be confirmed.
The tensions between HTS-led forces and the Turkish Army are growing.