On February 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck several positions, including a large ammo depot, of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the southern Idlib countryside after receiving “accurate intelligence information,” according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“The al-Nusra Front group [now known as HTS] was storing weapons and military equipment in the town of Sfuhen near Jabal Zawiya in the southern Idlib countryside. Army units carried out several artillery strikes destroying the positons of the terrorist group,” the SANA’s reporter said.
Later, the SAA destroyed several military vehicles of HTS in the outskirt of the town of Hbit in the opposition-held part of the northern Hama countryside.
These artillery strikes were a response to recent violations of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement. Radical groups, like HTS, are not allowed to move or deploy any heavy weapons within the zone.
The SAA stepped up its military operations around the demilitarized zone recently. However, radical militants are still violating the agreement, while Turkey is as usual turning a blind eye.