Russian airstrikes kill and injure Idlib Free Army fighters and commanders
Idlib - SMART
On Tuesday night, Russian airstrikes killed a Idlib Free Army's fighter and injured other fighters, including commanders, in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.
The Idlib Free Army is a military coalition of three factions in the Free Syrian Army in Northern Syria. The coalition was formed in September 2016.
Sources reported to SMART that Russian warplanes bombed a convoy of the Idlib Free Army near the village of Ablin, killing a fighter and inuring five others, including the Idlib Free Army’s Chief of Staff Captain Dumar Qanatri and the field commander Abdul Qader al-Saloum.
The sources added that the bombings killed an ambulance driver of the Orient Ambulance System. The driver was driving the ambulance near the convoy.
The Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. The Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
This attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on Idlib on Apr. 25, 2019. During the operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries, and the Aleppo-Damascus international highway M4.