Government, opposition exchange shelling in Syria’s northwest

IDLIB, Syria (North Press)De-escalation zone in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib in northwest Syria witnessed on Wednesday mutual shelling between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, known as Syrian National Army (SNA).

According to what opposition sources told North Press, the government forces, using artillery shells and rockets, targeted opposition positions in the villages and towns of Fatterah, Kafr Oweid, Sfuhen, Kansafra, Benin, Ruweiha, al-Bara and San in the Zawiya Mountain, south of Idlib.

The sources added that the government forces, stationed in Base 46, shelled other positions in the vicinity of the villages and towns of Tuqad, Kafr Taal, Maklabis, Kafr Amma and Sheikh Suleiman in the western countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, North Press was informed that al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room targeted with heavy artillery the government forces’ positions in the towns of Hizareen, south of Idlib, and Khan Assubul, east of Idlib.

Al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations Room includes the National Liberation Front, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Jaysh al-Izza. The military bloc is active in Idlib and Hama countryside.

For about a month, the areas in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, especially in south of Idlib and west of Aleppo, continue to witness daily exchange of bombardment between the SNA factions and the government forces, despite being part of the ceasefire agreement signed between Russia and Turkey in March 2020, which stipulates a halt of all military action in Idlib.

Reporting by Baha’ al-Nobani