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Syrian government forces target Idlib countryside

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Tuesday, the Syrian government forces bombarded positions of the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups again, amid mutual bombardment in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria.

The frontlines in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria have recently witnessed a military escalation between the Syrian government forces and the armed groups operating in the region, as part of the mutual bombardment between the two parties.

A field source told North Press that the government forces targeted the fortifications of the armed groups with artillery shells and missiles in the villages and towns of Neirab, Majdalaya, and Maarblit located in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib.

The source added that the Syrian government’s shells hit the Jabal al-Arba’in region in the southern countryside of Idlib, amid intense flights of reconnaissance aircraft over the airspace of the region.

The shelling in the aforementioned areas left a lot of property destroyed, without causing any casualties, according to the source.

On Monday, the Syrian government forces targeted the positions of the armed groups with artillery shelling in the villages and towns of Kansafra, Sufuhn, Fatira, Falayfel, and Deir Sunbul, south of Idlib Governorate, while the latter responded by targeting the government’s positions.

The de-escalation zone has been witnessing mutual shelling between the government forces and the opposition groups for months, targeting the governorates of Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia.

The Russian-Turkish signed agreement in 2017 and its additional protocol in March 2020 provide for a halt to the military actions in the governorate of Idlib and its surroundings.

Reporting by Samir Awad

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