Opposition factions' shelling kills and injures members of Syrian government forces in Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Saturday, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) shelled the Syrian government forces’ sites in southeastern Idlib, Northern Syria, killing and injuring a number of their members.
A spokesman for the National Liberation Front (NLF), Captain Naji Mustafa, reported to SMART that NLF fighters shelled sites of the Syrian government forces near the village of al-Tah, killing and injuring members of the latter.
A military source reported to SMART that the HTS targeted a group of the Syrian government forces using an anti-tank missile in the town of Jarjanaz, southern Idlib, killing and injuring a number of them.
On Friday, FSA factions and Islamic battalions gained control of the villages of Talkhatra and Tal Musaitaf after clashes with the Syrian government forces in eastern Idlib.
On Jan. 10, 2020, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire in the Idlib governorate starting from Jan. 12, 2020, after the Syrian government forces violated the ceasefire announced by Russia on Jan. 9, 2020.
Since Nov. 25, 2019, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, with the support of Russia, have been launching a ground military attack on southern and eastern countryside of Idlib. They intensified the attack on Dec. 20, 2019, as the Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense bombing, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.
The attack is a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on April 25, 2019. In August 2019, the Syrian government gained control of northern Hama countryside and the Khan Sheikhun region. Military analysts and journalists say that the battles’ goal is that the Syrian government and Russia gain control of the Aleppo - Damascus international highway (which connects Turkey with Jordan and the Arab Gulf states) to be opened later under Russian-Turkish sponsorship according to the agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September 2018, in the Russian city of Sochi.