Greater Idlib ceasefire will end on September 7 at midnight as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) didn’t fulfil any of the Sochi agreement terms, agreed upon by Russia and Turkey, the al-Watan newspaper reported, citing a military source.
The Syrian newspaper noted that the terrorist group has not yet dissolved itself, or reopened the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway.
“The eight-day truce expires today, after which the al-Nusra Front [HTS’ original name] and its allied factions will implement their part of the Sochi agreement by force,” the newspaper quoted the military source as saying.
Several pro-government activists and sources, including the al-Masdar News blog, doubted the information provided by al-Watan, despite the newspaper’s ties with the Damascus government.
The ceasefire was announced last week by Russia and the Damascus government. Back then, there was no mention of any time limits.
HTS and its allies are violating the ceasefire on a daily basis. Even if the ceasefire doesn’t end at midnight, the SAA could be eventually forced to resume its military operations.