Syria’s Idlib areas witness mutual shelling between government and opposition

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions exchanged shelling in the areas of Idlib and Hama, northwest Syria on Tuesday.

The Syrian government forces, stationed in Jurin camp, bombed the opposition factions’ sites near al-Enkawi in the Ghab Plain, west of Hama, North Press reported military sources.

Three members of the National Front for Liberation forces were killed and some others were wounded in the government’s shelling, according to sources which added that the injured were transported to medical points for treatment.

This comes at a time when the government forces have been intensifying bombing the opposition’s sites in the villages of al-Ziyadiyah, Khirbet al-Naqus and al-Qahira in the Ghab Plain, west of Hama, and the villages and towns of al-Fatira, Kafr Oweid, Sfuhen and Kansafra in Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib, according to the same sources.

The factions responded to the bombing by shelling the government forces’ sites near the Malaja and Dar al-Kabira in the Zawiya Mountain area, the sources noted.

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