On June 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled several positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) around the town of Kinsabba in the northern Lattakia countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Syrian oppositions sources also reported that the SAA Commandos destroyed a vehicle of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) in the village of Tuffahiyeh in northern Lattakia with a Kornet ATGM. One fighter of the NFL was reportedly killed and several others were injured in the ATGM strike.
Meanwhile, US-backed Jaysh al-Izza announced that its fighters targeted a gathering of the SAA soldiers in the northern Hama countryside with a TOW ATGM. The group claimed that its ATGM strike was a response to the recent attacks of the SAA.
A day earlier militants clashed with the SAA around Kinsabba in a clear violation of the de-escalation zone. Under the Russia-Turkish-Iranian agreement, this area is a part of the ceasefire agreement. So, the SAA and its allies have to respond to any attacks by militants if they want to keep the situation under control.