On November 29, a unit of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) attempted to launch an attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) around the town of Karnaz in the northern Hama countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“The army units clashed with the terrorist group, killing and injuring many of its members while the others fled away towards Idlib countryside,” the SANA’s reporter in Hama said.
The SAA artillery responded to this new violation of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement and shelled several militant positions in the towns of Jarjnaz and al-Tah in the northern Hama countryside.
A day earlier, radical militants attempted to launch a similar attack on the SAA’s positions around the Christian town of Mahardah. However, the army foiled the attack.
These repeated violations of the demilitarized zone agreement indicate that Turkey is not pressuring the militants in northwestern Syria as it should do. The lack of any serious response from the Damascus government and its allies is also encouraging militants to keep this hostile behavior.