On November 21, militants of the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), shelled the districts of al-Zahra and al-Nil in the northern part of the city of Aleppo with more than 15 mortar rounds, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“The terrorists’ mortar attack caused material damage, however no civilians were injured,” the SANA’s reporter in Aleppo said.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated to this new violation of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement right away and shelled several positions of HTS north and west of Aleppo. A source in the army told SouthFront that the shelling was heavier than usual.
These repeated violations of the deconfliction agreement may force the SAA and its allies to launch a large-scale military operation against HTS and its allies in northwestern Syria. Last week, Syrian and Lebanese source claimed that the army is indeed preparing to launch such operation very soon.