On November 17, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery and rocket launchers shelled militant positions in the towns of al-Tamanah, Aziziya and Jarjnaz in the southern Idlib countryside. No civilians were reportedly hurt as a result of the shelling.
Some Syrian pro-government activists said that the shelling was a response to a recent attack in northern Lattakia, which resulted in the death of more than 18 Syrian soldiers. However, others viewed the shelling as a sign of a nearing attack.
A day earlier, several reports said that the SAA and its allies are preparing to launch a large-scale military operation against the militants in northwestern Syria. The operations will supposedly be a response to the repeated violations of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement.
The operation, which will be limited, will kick off in few days, according to several pro-government sources. However, this is yet to be confirmed.