On May 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants positions in the towns of al-Bara and Sufuhon in the southern Idlib countryside.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the army’s shelling killed two militants of the Turkish-backed Sham Corps and injured at least seven others.
Opposition activist identified the slain militants as brothers Abu Dibo al-Hamui and Abu Abullah al-Hamui. The militants were targeted right after arriving to their position in the outskirt of al-Bara.
The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) responded to the deadly attack by shelling army positions in the towns of Hizareen and Kafr Nabl. No losses were reported.
Tensions have been mounting in Greater Idlib for a few weeks now. A day earlier, a drone strike injured four militants of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the region’s southern part.
The March 5 Russian-Turkish agreement is still holding. Nonetheless, regular ceasefire violations by militants could lead to a new military confrontation in Greater Idlib in the near future.
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