The government forces, backed up by the artillery and missile units, exchanged heavy fire with Tahrir al-Sham and its allied militants near the small town of al-Saraf in al-Rabi’eh region in Northern Lattakia near the border with Turkey, repelling the terrorists’ heavy offensive.
Terrorist groups left behind their dead and injured members and retreated from the battlefield to evade more casualties.
Last week, the army troops launched heavy artillery and missile attacks against the positions and moves of the terrorist groups in the towns of al-Latamina and Kafr Zita and the adjacent areas as well as the villages of Hasraya, al-Zakat, Ma’arkabeh, al-Sayad, Tal al-Sakhar and al-Janaberah in Northern and Northwestern Hama in response to Jeish al-Izzah terrorists’ missile strikes against Zalin military base in Northwestern Hama.
During the operations, several positions of the terrorists were destroyed and a large number of militants were killed and wounded.
Meantime, the Syrian army forces intensified missile and artillery attacks against Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups’ positions in Tal Wasit, al-Qarqour, al-Zayareh, al-Mashik and al-Sarmaniyeh in Western Idlib as well as the triangle of Western Jisr al-Shaqour-Northeastern Lattakia-Sahl al-Iqab.
Field sources said that the terrorists have sustained heavy casualties, adding that the Syrian army attacks came in preparation for their massive military operations in Idlib province.