The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed several units of the 1st Division and the 9th Division along the frontlines with militants in the northern Hama countryside over the last few days, a source in the army told SouthFront on January 6.
Several pro-government activists confirmed that the army is massing its forces in northern Hama and said that additional heavy weapons, including battle tanks and heavy rocket launchers, are also being deployed there.
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Syrian Arab Army 9th Division Storming Group led by Brigadier General Nizar Fandi heading to Hama Region for a New “Mission”
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Earlier this week, Hussein Murtada, a correspondent of the al-Alam TV, warned that the Damascus government and its allies, especially Russia, are not willing to tolerate the repeated violations of the demilitarized zone agreement by militants any longer. The journalist, who is known for his ties with senior Syrian officials, went on to say that the SAA may soon launch a military operation around the northern governorate of Idlib.
A day after Murtada’s warning, Russia warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on positions and equipment of radical militants in the southern Idlib countryside and in the western Aleppo countryside. The airstrikes were the first in weeks.
These movements allow to suppose that Damarcus and its allies are finally ready to take serious military actions against the radical militants in Idlib and in the demilitarized zone around it.