On September 5, unknown militants launched dozens of heavy rockets at a key base of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the town of Jurin in the al-Ghab Plains. Syrian opposition activists claimed that the National Front for Liberation (NFL) was behind the shelling. However, the Turkish-backed group has not confirmed this yet.
Hours earlier, NFL fighters destroyed a T-72 battle tank of the SAA near the Jurin base with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The group said the attack was a response to the Russian airstrikes on the northwestern Idlib countryside a day earlier.
In response to these actions, the SAA artillery shelled several positions of the militants in the towns of Jahabera, Tunah, Hawash, Khirbet al-Naqus and Qustoun in the al-Ghap Plains, which is located in the northwestern Hama countryside.
The SAA and its allies are currently preparing to launch a large-scale offensive to neutralize the remaining militants in the al-Ghab Plains and several other areas in northern Lattakia and northwestern Idlib. According to Syrian pro-government activists, the offensive will begin within few days.