Government, opposition exchange shelling in Syria’s Idlib, Aleppo

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Different areas in de-escalation zone in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib, northwest Syria, witnessed on Friday ongoing mutual shelling between the Syrian opposition factions and the Syrian government forces.

Military sources of the opposition told North Press that the government forces targeted, with heavy artillery, sites of the opposition in the villages of al-Fatira, Kafr Oweid, Sfuhen, Kansafra, the outskirts of al-Bara and Ruweiha in Zawiya Mountain south of Idlib.

The sources added that the government forces targeted from their positions in Base 46 the villages and towns of Tuqad, Kafr Ta’al, Ajel, Makalbis, Kafr Amma, and Sheikh Salman in the western countryside of Aleppo.

Military sources in National Front for Liberation told North Press that al-Fateh al-Mubin Operations’ Room targeted, with heavy artillery and missiles, the government positions in the town of Mizanaz west of Aleppo and the village of Milaja south of Idlib.

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 March 2020, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement in Moscow that stipulated a ceasefire, the establishment of a safe corridor, and the conduct of joint patrols on the M4/Aleppo-Latakia Highway.

Since the beginning of July, several fronts south of Idlib and west of Aleppo have been witnessing an unprecedented military escalation, which is the first of its kind since the signing of the de-escalation agreement between Russia and Turkey in March 2020.

Reporting by Baha’ al-Nobani