On January 7, two militants were killed and several others were injured when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.
The army launched a barrage of rockets at militants’ positions and gatherings in the town of al-Fatterah in the southern countryside of Idlib in the morning.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one of the slain militants was a member of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, which controls much of Greater Idlib. The second militant was also fighting for an al-Qaeda-linked faction, Ansar al-Tawhid.
The rocket strike was likely a response to the militants’ repeated violations of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year.
Greater Idlib militants violate the ceasefire almost on a daily basis. SAA positions are being shelled and service members are getting targeted with sniper rifles and guided missiles.
The Turkish military, which maintains a large force in Greater Idlib, has been doing almost nothing whatsoever to stop these violations and implement the March 5 agreement. This may soon lead to a new military escalation in the region.
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