The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) resumed on January 15 their operations against terrorists in the so-called Greater Idlib region in the northwestern part of Syria.
According to opposition sources, dozens of Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted the towns of Arihah, Binnish, Dadikh, Talmenes, Ma’saran, Ma’ar Shamshah, Ma’ar Shoreen, al-Hamidiah, Hatamiyeh, Tell Kersyan and the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man.
Last week, Russia and Turkey reached a new ceasefire agreement on Greater Idlib. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies violated the ceasefire immediately, launching a series of rocket attacks on military sites and civilian areas around the region.
One of the terrorists’ attacks, which targeted Aleppo’s city center, killed three civilians. In another attack, the terrorists shelled a humanitarian corridor that was opened by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to allow people to leave Greater Idlib.
The ongoing SyAAF and VKS attacks on Greater Idlib are most likely a response to these blatant violations by HTS and its allies.
With the ceasefire collapsing, the SAA may soon opt to resume its ground operations in Greater Idlib. Army troops are currently a few kilometers away from Ma`arat al-Nu`man, the biggest urban center of the region’s southern part.