The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) carried out late on November 27 a rocket strike on the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib.
Opposition activists reported that at least six heavy rockets, some armed with cluster warheads, targeted the city’s perimeter, where several terrorists’ positions were located.
The SAA likely used BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The system can launch several types of 300 mm rockets, with a range of up to 90 km.
Jisr al-Shughur, the biggest urban centers in northwestern Idlib, was captured by a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in June of 2015. Back then, the al-Nusra Front [now rebranded as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)] killed or expelled most of the locals as a punishment for their support to the government.
Within a few months, terrorists of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and their families were settled in the city, turning it into in a hub for foreign terrorists.
The new rocket strike indicates that the SAA is not going to tolerate the current situation in Jisr al-Shughur. Earlier this year several reports claimed that the army is planning a military operation to liberate the city and the opposition-held part of northern Lattakia.