On April 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positions in Greater Idlib in response to recent violations of the ceasefire agreement.
According to opposition sources, the shelling targeted positions in the vicinity of the towns of al-Bara, Fatterah and Kansafra in Mount al-Zawiyah in the southern countryside of Idlib.
Radical militants, mainly those operating in the framework of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room, carried out several attacks on SAA troops in Greater Idlib over the last few days. These attacks are a violation of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5.
These violations are apparently pushing pro-government forces to reinforce their positions in Greater Idlib. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), fresh reinforcements arrived in the region on April 3 morning.
“The reinforcements were deployed in several axes, including Kafr Nabl, Hizareen, al Fatterah and other axes in Mount al-Zawiyah in southern Idlib,” the monitoring group said in a report.
While the ceasefire in Greater Idlib is largely holding, Turkey is yet to fulfil its commitments under the March 5 agreement and reopen the M4 highway. This could lead to a new military confrontation in the region between the SAA and Turkish forces.