On July 27, heavy rocket launchers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled several positions of militants inside and around the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern Idlib countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The pro-opposition monitoring group added that the SAA artillery shelled several positions inside and around the village of al-Zaqum in the al-Ghab Plain in the northwestern Hama countryside. The shelling didn’t result in any casualties, according to the source.
Jisr al-Shughur and al-Ghab Plain are infamous for being hubs for foreign militants and strongholds of several radical groups including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and Horas al-Din.
The SAA shelling is likely a response to the attack attempt on Hmeimim airbase, in the western governorate of Lattakia, a day earlier. Last week, the head of the Russian reconciliation center, Major General Alexei Tsygankov warned that these attacks will force the SAA to “take appropriate measures.”