On February 2, the Syrian Arab Army and the Tiger Forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured the strategic town of Tell Tuqan and its hill in the southeastern Idlib countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Tell Tuqan Hill is located only within 10km southeast of the city of Saraqib, the next target of the ongoing SAA military operation in Idlib governorate.
The Hezbollah media wing also reported that the SAA and its allies advanced in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and captured the villages of Kafr Hadad, Zyarit al-Matah, Warydah and Zammar.
From its side, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies didn’t conduct any operations against the SAA. Some Syrian oppositions sources even claimed that the radical group had withdrawn from its positions north of Saraqib. However, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a reported that HTS had deployed more units south and southeast of Saraqib.
Meanwhile, the tension between the civilians and HTS increased in the southern Idlib countryside, according to local sources. Hundreds of civilians took at the streets in the village of Ghadfah and kicked HTS fighters out from their village. The sources said the civilians were angry because HTS had established several positions right next to civilian buildings inside the village.
Observers believe that the tension between HTS and civilians in Idlib governorate will increase even further in the near future, as the radical group had failed to prove itself as a “defender” of the local population even in its propaganda.