On June 7, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in the districts of al-Zahra and Lirmun north of the city of Aleppo, according to the Russian news outlet RusVesna.
The HTS-lined news agency Iba’a released photos showing the after math of the Russian airstrikes.
Syrian pro-government sources said that these Russian airstrikes were a response to HTS’s actions. The group shelled the northern districts of Aleppo city with dozens of mortar and artillery rounds during the last few days.
Last months, HTS and the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) breached the de-escalation agreement and resumed their military operations against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the civilians around the city of Aleppo. This happened after the establishment of two Turkish observation posts in the town of Anadan and the al-Rashidin housing complex, north and west of the city.
Some experts believe the SAA and its allies may found themselves forced to launch a military operation to secure the northern districts of Aleppo if militants continue their attacks.