The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militants in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib exchanged fire on July 17 and 18.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), militants shelled army positions in the towns of Furu, Bahsa and Beit Hassno in northwestern Hama late on July 17 with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
The army responded to these provocations by shelling militants’ positions in the towns of al-Bara, Kansafra, Sufuhon, Fleifel and Fatterah in southern Idlib early on July 18.
“No information on any casualties has been received, so far,” the SOHR’s report reads.
Earlier this week, the SAA and Russian forces shelled dozens of militants’ positions in Greater Idlib in response to the July 14 suicide attack. Three Russian service members were injured in the attack which targeted a Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway.
In the last few weeks, Greater Idlib militants stepped up their attacks. The SAA and its allies respond by up-scaling their strikes on the region.
Under the March 5 agreement Turkey has to neutralize the remaining terrorist groups in Greater Idlib. However, Ankara is turning a blind eye to their provocations. This could soon lead to a serious escalation in the region.