The Syrian army troops engaged in fierce clashes with Tahrir al-Sham and Horras al-Din militants who had launched heavy attacks from the demilitarized zone on army positions in Tal Sukriyeh-Abu Qamis region in West of Abu al-Zohour, killing and wounding several terrorists and forcing others to withdraw.
Meantime, the army attacked the terrorists’ positions with artillery fire, a military source said, adding that a group of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were also entrapped and killed in the army’s booby trap in Tal Sukriyeh.
Tahrir al-Sham and its allies have not yet withdrawn from their positions in the arms-free zone declared under the Sochi agreement between Ankara and Moscow.
A senior Syrian military source revealed on Tuesday that the country’s army was likely to start military operations against the terrorists in the weapons-free zone as the latter continued deployment in the region.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted the source as saying that given Turkey’s failure to implement its undertakings based on the Sochi agreement with Russia, the Syrian army will kick off military operations against the terrorists in the demilitarized zone if they continue attacks against the army positions.
He added that Northern Hama has in recent days witnessed attacks by the terrorist groups, specially Horras al-Din, against the Syrian army near the region under the supervision of Turkey near the town of Murak, noting that Jeish al-Izza militants have also sent military equipment from Southern Idlib to al-Latamineh front in Northern Hama.
The source said that the Syrian army has responded to the terrorists’ offensives in demilitarized zone so far, adding that the army will launch massive military operations in the region if they continue.
Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the terrorists are stationed in the arms-free zone from Northeastern Lattakia to Hama, Idlib and Northwestern Aleppo, adding that the army has targeted the moves by Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at terrorist group in the village of al-Janabereh and al-Latamineh in Northern Hama with artillery fire, inflicting heavy tolls on them.