The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) continued their airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in the governorates of Idlib and Hama for the tenth day in a row.
According to a report released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on May 5, more than 200 Russian and Syrian airstrikes targeted southern Idlib and northern Hama in the last 24 hours.
The pro-opposition Step News Agency released several videos of the airstrikes showing Russian Su-35s and Syrian Su-22M4 warplanes.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned that terrorist groups are massing their forces in the southern part of the demilitarized zone around Idlib under the leadership of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)
“It should not be ruled out that they are creating a strike force with the aim of mounting an offensive against Hama,” head of the Russian Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, told the media.
As the situation around Idlib continues to escalate, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) appears to be closer than ever to launching a large-scale military operation around Idlib. However, it remains unclear if Russia would green light such operation.