On July 8, ten fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Horas al-Din were killed while attempting to launch a hit and run attack on a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the village of Luwaybidah in the southeastern Idlib countryside.
According to the Syrian pro-government news outlet Damascus now, Horas al-Din fighters were killed after entering a mine field of the SAA around the village. Sources linked to the radical group confirmed Damascus Now claims and revealed that the fighters were among the elite of the radical group.
Earlier this month, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) called on the armed groups in northern Syria to form a joint operation room and launch attacks on the SAA in order to support the militants in the southern governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra. Several radical groups, including Horas al-Din welcomed HTS’s call, back then.
Usually the SAA and the Russian Aerospace Forces respond militarily to such attacks as they are a clear violation of the de-escalation zone in northern Syria.