In a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib, militants occupying the region shelled civilian areas in northwestern Hama on August 26 morning.
The al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room claimed responsibility for the artillery strikes, which had targeted the towns of Jurin and Barakeh. A large military camp of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is located near the town.
The operations room, which include Turkish-backed groups and a number of al-Qaeda factions, is led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
A source in Hama Police told the Syrian Arab News Agency that the artillery strikes on Jurin and Barakeh had injured at least one civilian.
The SAA usually responds to such violations by shelling militants positions in Greater Idlib. The army and its allies may also resume airstrikes on the region.
On March 5, Turkey and Russia reached an agreement to stabilize Greater Idlib. Ankara committed to neutralize the remaining militants in the region. Large Turkish forces were deployed there. However, no action was taken.
Turkey is turning a blind eye to the hostile behavior of Greater Idlib militants. This may soon lead to a new escalation in the region.