In a new violation of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement, radical militants attempted to launch attacks on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) around the towns of al-Zalaqiat and Mahardah in the northern Hama countryside on December 1.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reporter in Hama confirmed that the army had foiled both attempts after killing and injuring several radical militants.
Hours after the failed attacks, militants shelled residential areas in the towns of Suran and Tell Bazzam, which are also located in the northern Hama countryside. In response to this violation, the SAA artillery shelled several positions of the militants killing and injuring many of them.
These repeated violations of the demilitarized zone agreement may force the SAA and its allies to launch a limited militantly operation in northwestern Syria soon. Recent reports indicate that the army is already massing its troops in northern Lattakia, northwestern Hama and around the city of Aleppo.