DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Artillery shelling by authorities forces pounded elements of the northwestern Idlib province on Saturday, thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants as pressure rises in the area following victories by al-Qaida-linked militants…
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Artillery shelling by authorities forces pounded elements of the northwestern Idlib province on Saturday, thwarting an infiltration try by militants as pressure rises in the area following victories by al-Qaida-linked militants towards Turkey-backed opposition fighters, Syria’s state information company reported.
The violence came as officials in neighboring Turkey stated efforts are being exerted to take care of stability in Idlib.
SANA stated the shelling targeted on the areas of Zarzour close to the border with Turkey and Tamanaa near Maaret al-Numan that was taken this week by al-Qaida-linked militants from Turkey-backed opposition fighters. It reported casualties among the militants.
The Britain-based mostly Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated the government shelled six areas in and near Idlib province.
Earlier this month, members of the al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee, or HTS, took over management of Idlib province and the encompassing countryside after forcing rival insurgents to simply accept a deal for a civil administration run by HTS in their areas.
The developments threaten to derail a cease-hearth in the area reached in September between Turkey and Russia that averted a probably catastrophic Syrian military assault on Idlib.
The deal required jihadist teams to vacate a frontline buffer zone, a transfer that was never carried out by al-Qaida-linked militants.
Earlier Saturday, Turkey’s protection minister met with commanders and the top of the nation’s intelligence providers within the southern Hatay province bordering Syria’s restive Idlib.
“All efforts are being made to continue stability and the ceasefire in keeping with the Sochi agreement,” stated Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, referring to a September agreement between Turkey and Russia to set up a buffer zone in Idlib. “Our close cooperation with Russia on this concern continues,” the minister stated.
Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency stated Turkish troops dispatched from models across the country have been undergoing training at the border in Hatay.
The Syrian authorities has repeatedly threatened to launch an offensive to recapture Idlib province, which is full of three million individuals, together with many who have been displaced from other elements of the nation.
The newest advances by the HTS, which embrace many overseas fighters, increase questions over the way forward for the deal.
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