Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 50 airstrikes on terrorist positions in the governorates of Idlib and Hama on May 1, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group said that the airstrikes targeted the towns of Hobait, Karsaa, Rakaya, al-Naqeer, Tell ‘As, Kafr Ein, Tramla in southern Idlib, as well as the towns of Kafr Nabudah, al-Banah, Sahriyah, J’atah, Alamerea, Qalaat al-Madiq and al-Enkawi in northern Hama.
Last week, terrorists hiding in Idlib and its surroundings launched dozens of rockets at several civilian areas in central Syria and at the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast. In response to these attacks, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) resumed their aerial operations.
Pro-government sources are claiming that these intense airstrikes are a part of ongoing perpetrations by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to launch a large-scale operation around Idlib. According to Syria’s al-Watan newspaper, the alleged operation will target terrorists stationed within the demoralized zone.
However, it remains unclear if Russia would support such an operation. Moscow appears to be still committed to its agreement with Ankara, that’s designed to stabilize the situation in Idlib by peaceful measures. These new airstrikes could be an attempt to deter the remaining terrorists in northwestern Syria and enforce the agreement.