Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on positions of radical militants in northern Syria for the second time in the last 24 hours.
Syrian oppositions sources said that the airstrikes targeted Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) forces in the towns of Darat Izza, Kafrnaha, Jamiat al-Rahal, Urum al-Kubra and the 111th Regiment base in the western Aleppo countryside. The radical group captured most of these areas from the Turkish-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in the last few days.
HTS’ news network, Iba’a, said that the radical group responded to the Russian airstrikes by shelling positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the district of al-Rashidin in the outskirt of the city of Aleppo. The news network claimed that seven Syrian service member were killed in the shelling. However, pro-government source doubted these claims.
Earlier on January 4, Russia warplanes conducted several airstrikes on positions of radical militants in the southern Idlib countryside. Local observers said that the aerial attack was a response to new violations of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement.
These airstrikes may represent a new strict policy against the radical militants in northern Syria. This new policy will likely deter the militants and encourage Turkey to implement its commitments within the demilitarized zone agreement.