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Shelling resumes in de-escalation zone, northwest Syria following government reinforcements

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, shelling between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition forces in Idlib countryside, northwest Syria, renewed hours after the government forces sent military reinforcement.

The government forces, stationed in Kafranbel town and its surrounding, targeted the residential neighborhoods in al-Bara town, Kansafra, and al-Fatirah in the south of Idlib, military forces of the opposition told North Press.  

The bombing destroyed up to ten houses in the towns, while no casualties or military loses were recorded, the sources said.

Other sources reported that the government forces targeted the strongholds of opposition factions in the aforementioned areas.  

Al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room targeted government sites in Ma’arat al-Nu’man, Kafr Ruma areas south of Idlib with heavy artillery shells, a military source of the National Front for Liberation said.

For months, areas in Syria’s northwest have been witnessing mutual shelling between parties to the conflict in different areas amid news on government military reinforcements to different areas in the region. 

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.

Reporting by Bara’ al-Shami

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