Russia conducts airstrikes on Turkish-backed factions’ in Syria’s Idlib, Hama, Latakia

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, Russian warplanes bombed posts of Turkish-backed armed Syrian factions in the countryside of Idlib, Hama, and Latakia within the de-escalation zone, northwest Syria.

Russian warplanes targeted the factions’ posts in the towns of al-Rowayha, al-Fu’ah, and Ein Shib, south and north of Idlib, with several airstrikes via missiles, military sources from the factions told North Press.

Similar airstrikes targeted sites in the town of al- Sirmaniyah, west of Hama, and Kabanah hills in Jabal al-Akrad, in the northern countryside of Latakia, the sources added.

As a result of the shelling of forests and lands, some trees were uprooted and the surrounding houses were damaged in the aforementioned areas, according to the same sources.

The airstrikes coincided with intensive flight by Russian drones over the area reporting no casualties.

On Friday, Russian jets targeted the vicinity of the towns of al-Ghaniya and al-Ghasaniya in Jisr Al-Shughur, in the western countryside of Idlib, with several airstrikes and vacuum missiles.

Meanwhile, Turkish-backed factions targeted the government forces’ military posts in the villages of al-Baraka and Na’oret Jurin in Ghab Plain, in the western countryside of Hama, with heavy artillery shells, the sources added.

Although the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria is subject to a Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement signed in March 2020, the area witnesses frequent mutual bombardment despite the entry of the ceasefire into force.

In the past few days, Turkish and Russian media outlets circulated a news regarding an upcoming meeting between the Turkish and Russian presidents, during which Idlib will be one of its main issues.

Reporting by Samir Awad