The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) announced on May 24 that its fighters had shelled a “military base” of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of Braideej in the northern Hama countryside.
A short video released by the coalition’s media wing shows a barrage of Grad rockets being launched at the supposed “military base.”
Contrary to the NFL’s claims, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) revealed the rockets hit civilian areas in the town of al-Suqaylabiyah. The shelling caused material loses and even burned several farmlands in the town’s outskirt. However, no one was injured or killed.
“Firefighters cooperated with the locals, they rushed to deal with the fire, surrounded it and extinguished it, preventing it from spreading to additional fields,” the state-run agency’s reporter said.
In the last few weeks, Idlib militants stepped up their shelling on the civilian areas in northern Hama, especially al-Suqaylabiyah. On May 12, a rocket attack on the town claimed the lives of four children.