On June 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positions in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib in response to recent ceasefire violations.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the army targeted a number of towns and villages in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern Idlib countryside as well as in al-Ghab Plains in the northern countryside of Hama.
The SAA shelling led to some losses. A militant, identified as Yusuf Firas Qassim, was killed in the town of Fatterah in the al-Zawiya Mount.
The ceasefire in Grater Idlib was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year. However, to this day the situation in the region is still unstable. Turkish forces are not taking action to contain the region’s militants and stop their provocations.
On the morning of June 27, Turkish forces carried out a combing operation along the militant-held part of the M4 highway, which links Aleppo city, Syria’s industrial hub, with the port city of Lattakia.
Turkey committed to reopen the highway under the March 5 agreement. Yet, the highway is still closed. The combing operation was likely carried out just to secure the movement of Turkish supply convoys.
Despite Turkey’s behavior, the ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib is still holding up. Nevertheless, this situation will not likely last for too long.
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