On July 26, intense artillery and rocket strikes targeted militants positions in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The shelling targeted the following areas:
- The towns of Deir al-Akrad, Barzah, Khidr, Kafr Didan, al-Alia and Kabani in the northern Lattakia countryside.
- The towns of Ain La Rose, Almaouzrah, Fatterah, Kansafra, Sufuhon, Fleifel and al-Halubi in the southern Idlib countryside.
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) news agency, Iba’a, claimed that Russian forces had carried out the strikes from Jurin military camp in northwestern Hama and a base in al-Jub al-Ahmar in northern Lattakia. Usually, Russian Special Forces carry out such strikes in response to ceasefire violations.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes killed a fighter of the Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham Movement.
A day ago, three militants of HTS and the National Front for Liberation were killed and seven others were injured when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) pounded their positions in southern Idlib.
Recent reports revealed that the SAA and its allies were planning to launch a ground operation in Greater Idlib soon. The militants’ repeated violations of the ceasefire in the region are likely the reason. HTS and its allies are now preparing to confront any attack by the army.