On April 5, the Turkish military shelled the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 46th Regiment Base in the western countryside of Aleppo.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the base was targeted with rocket launchers. No losses or human casualties were reported as a result of the attack.
In the morning, Syrian troops in the 46th Regiment Base targeted militants’ positions in the nearby town of Kafr Amma with heavy machine guns. The radical militants may have been plotting an attack on the base.
The army liberated the 46th Regiment Base last February in the course of a large-scale military operation to secure the M5 highway and the vicinity of Aleppo city.
Greater Idlib, including the western Aleppo countryside, is under a ceasefire that was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5. The breakthrough agreement is yet to be fully implemented.
The last few days witnessed many violations of the ceasefire by radical militants. The Turkish military is not only doing nothing to stop these violations, but also deploying more troops and equipment in Greater Idlib.
At least three Turkish military posts were established in the Syrian region on April 5. Ankara appears to be preparing for a battle, not to implement a ceasefire.