On July 28 morning, heavy clashes erupted between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militants in the northern Lattakia countryside.
Some pro-government activists claimed that the army had launched a new military operation in the mountainous region with the aim of capturing the key town of Kabani from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
HTS’ news network, Iba’a, backed these claims saying that the terrorist group’s fighters foiled an advance attempt by SAA troops near Kabani.
“Several fighters of the criminal regime’s militias were injured when HTS repelled an advance attempt by them on the axis of Kabani in the northern Lattakia countryside,” Iba’a’s report reads.
Last May, the SAA kicked off a similar operation in northern Lattakia. Despite capturing several positions in the Kurd mount, the army failed to impose control of Kabani.
The situation in northern Lattakia could escalate further in the upcoming few hours. Russia and Syrian warplanes are reportedly conducting dozens of airstrikes on militants’ positions there.