Government forces shell opposition in Syria’s northwest

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria witnessed a mutual bombing between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition groups.

The government forces targeted sites of the opposition in the towns of Kansafra, Ain Laroz and al-Bara of the Zawiya Mountain in the southern countryside of Idlib, with artillery shells, military sources of the opposition told North Press.

Another targeting with rocket launchers and mortar shells affected the opposition in al-Ziyadiya and al-Mashik towns in Ghab Plain, west of Hama, the sources added. 

The shelling coincided with the flight of Russian warplanes and reconnaissance over Idlib, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.

On the other side, the al-Fath al-Mubin Operations Room, which includes several armed groups, targeted gatherings of government forces in Saraqib town, east of Idlib.

The military escalation between the government forces and the armed opposition groups comes despite the passage of more than a year of the ceasefire entry into force.

Reporting by Samir Awad