The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces halted on November 27 their combat operations against radical militants in the so-called Greater Idlib region in northwest Syria.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the last 18 hours didn’t witness any Syrian or Russian airstrikes on the region.
The UK-based monitoring group reported that the poor weather may be behind the surprise halt of airstrikes. Northwest Syria is indeed witnessing a heavy rain storm, which is not suitable for aerial operations.
“Russian and regime planes have been absent from the airspace since yesterday evening due to the bad weather conditions in Idlib province and the surrounding countryside,” the SOHR’s report reads
Despite the halt of Syrian and Russian airstrikes, Greater Idlib militants continued their attacks on government forces. A group affiliated with the Afghan Taliban Movement shelled Syrian military positions south of Idlib.
The SyAAF and the Russian Aerospace Forces will likely resume their operations against Idlib militants once the weather improves, which is expected to happen in the next 48 hours.