Government, opposition exchange sporadic clashes in Syria’s northwest

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, different areas of the de-escalation zone in northwest Syria witnessed mutual shelling between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, amid intense flight of Russian drones over the region.

The government forces bombed the villages and towns of al-Fatirah, Kafr Oweid, Sfuhen, Kansafra, and the outskirts of al-Bara in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, with heavy artillery and rockets, North Press reported military sources of the opposition.

The villages of al-Enkawi and Khirbet al-Naqus in the Ghab Plain, west of Hama, were hit by the government’s shelling. The outskirts of Tedil, Kafr Ta’al and Sheikh Aqil, west of Aleppo, were also bombed. No casualties were reported though, the sources added.

Meanwhile, al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room bombed the government forces’ positions in the towns of Kafranbel, Ma’arat al-Numan and the villages of al-Dar al-Kabira and al-Malaja, south of Idlib, with heavy artillery and rockets, a military source of the National Front for Liberation told North Press.

The government forces’ sites near Besatroun, Quptan al-Jabal and the Regiment 46, west of Aleppo, were also hit by al-Fateh al-Mubin, according to the same sources.

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