Warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces have started carrying out airstrikes on positions of militants in southern and western Idlib, according to pro-government sources.
At the same time, pro-militant sources and journalists of mainstream media outlets have spread a series of reports claiming that “Russian airstrikes” have already hit a number of civilian objects – for example in the villages of Jish al-Shoughour and Mhambel widely known as the strongholds of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrina branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP).
In response, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the TIP have shelled Syrian Army positions in northern Hama. The situation is developing.
— Zouhir_AlShimale (@ZouhirAlShimale) 4 September 2018
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) 4 September 2018