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DECEMBER 2020

Intense Russian Airstrikes Hit Militant Positions In Syria’s Greater Idlib

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On November 7th, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 13 airstrikes hit the towns of Sarjah, Shnan, Farkia, Benin and Ehsim. The towns are located within the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib.

Opposition activists released several videos and photos showing some of the Russian airstrikes. No causalities have been reported, so far.

In the recent briefing, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria warned that al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is disarming moderate factions and occupy their positions in the al-Zawiay Mount.

HTS and its allies are violating the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5, on a regular basis.

The militants’ attacks have claimed the lives of 39 Syrian service members and injured at least 40 others since October 1.

The new wave of airstrikes may be a sign of a near large-scale ground operation in Greater Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been preparing to launch an operation in the region for several months now. If this happens, Turkey will likely back HTS and its proxies.

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