For the second day in a row, several radical groups led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) shelled residential areas in the towns of Asilah, Salhab and Mahardah in northern Hama the town of al-Wdihi in western Aleppo.
The militants’ shelling didn’t result in any casualties. However, it triggered a fierce response from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which struck several headquarters, ammo depots and positions of the militants in the towns of Khan Shaykhun, Masasneh and Maarrat al-Nu’man.
“The army’s unit confronted the terrorists with suitable weapons, infecting confirmed casualties in their ranks and destroying their hideouts and fortified positions,” the SANA’s reporter said on February 17.
A day earlier, thre militants launched dozens of rockets on several villages in northern western Hama. At least three civilians were injured as a result.
These attacks pose a serious challenge to the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement, which may be witnessing its final days. A recent report by Sputnik revealed that the SAA is preparing to launch a military operation within the zone, if diplomacy fail.
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