On September 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out intense rocket and artillery strikes at militants’ positions in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern part of Greater Idlib.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army had launched 350 rockets and artillery rounds at the towns of Fatterah, Kafar Aweed, Sufuhon, Kansafra, al-Bara, Shnan, Fleifel and Benin.
“Until the moment, there has been no information on human losses [as a result of the SAA shelling],” the monitoring group said in a report.
In the last few days, Greater Idlib militants, led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, have carried out many attacks on SAA troops in the region. A number of Syrian service members were killed or injured.
The SAA’s artillery and rocket strikes were likely a response to these attacks, which violate the March 5 Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib.
The ceasefire in Greater Idlib appears to be on the brink of collapse. The majority of the region’s militants are unwilling to respect the March 5 agreement. This may soon lead to a new military confrontation.
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