Less than 24 hours after the beginning of the new ceasefire agreement, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched limited ground attacks on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the towns of Shaykh Hadid and Kernaz in northern Hama and on the town of Qasabiyeh in southern Idlib.
The al-Mayadeen TV said that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to repel the attacks, which began in the late hours of June 12. The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) resumed their airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in northern Hama and southern Idlib as an initial response.
According to pro-government sources, army units destroyed two battle tanks and a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) belonging to HTS and its allies during the clashes in northern Hama and southern Idlib.
Earlier, a three-day ceasefire was announced by pro-government sources. The failed ceasefire was the second this month and the third since the beginning of the SAA ground operations around Idlib.
HTS’ new attacks indicate that the group and its allies are not willing to accept any peaceful agreement what so ever. This leaves the door open for future ground operations by the SAA.