The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced on July 10 that it had repelled a “large-scale attack” on its positions in the northern Lattakia countryside.
A source in the army told the Syrian Arab News Agency that Turkish-backed militants had launched the attack early in the morning. The surprise attack targeted military positions in the town of Rabia. According to the source, the militants used different types of weapons in their attack. Yet it was repelled.
“Our forces in the region repelled the attack and inflicted heavy human and material losses on the terrorists,” the source said, adding “there was no losses in the ranks of our forces.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported intense rocket strikes by the SAA on militant-held areas in northern Lattakia in the morning.
Greater Idlib factions, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, didn’t comment on the failed attack. These factions are known for hiding their losses, especially during a ceasefire.
The failed attack was a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5. Ankara is responsible for the attack as it was reportedly carried out by its proxy groups. Such provocations could lead to a new military confrontation in Greater Idlib.