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Syrian Army Shells Militant Positions In Southern Idlib As Russian Warplanes Scout The Region

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Syrian Army Shells Militant Positions In Southern Idlib As Russian Warplanes Scout The Region

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On June 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positons in the southern part of the so-called Greater Idlib region.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the shelling targeted the towns of Hantoteen, al-Ruwaihah and Benin. The three towns are located in the eastern part of the al-Zawiya mount.

“[The shelling] coincided with the flight of a Russian warplane and reconnaissance aircraft [drones] in the airspace of Idlib countryside,” the monitoring group said in a report.

Several opposition activists confirmed that Russian warplanes and drones were unusually active over Greater Idlib today.

Earlier this week, Turkish-backed militants declared the al-Zawiya a military zone. The militants are reportedly bracing for an upcoming attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.

The SAA could launch a large-scale military operation to reopen the M4 highway, which links the cities of Lattakia and Aleppo. Turkey committed to reopen the highway under the March 5 agreement with Russia. However, the highway is still closed.

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