Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 180 airstrikes on Greater Idlib over the last 48 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the airstrikes on July 5 and 6 covered several towns and villages in the northern, northwestern Hama countryside as well as in the southern countryside of Idlib.
Step News, an Idlib-based outlet, released several videos of the airstrikes showing a Mi-8\17 helicopter and an Ababil-3 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and a Su-24M2 of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
In the late hours of July 5, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched a ground attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama. However, the army repelled the attack. The intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Greater Idlib were likely a response to this failed attack.