The army’s artillery and missile units, deployed in the small town of Bazam in Northern Hama, opened heavy fire at a group of terrorists near the town of Morek, inflicting major losses on the militants.
The army’s artillery attack came after the terrorist group’s snipers targeted the Syrian soldiers.
Other units of the army engaged in heavy fighting with another group of terrorists and repelled their attack in al-Sarminiyah in Northwestern Hama.
The terrorists suffered a number of casualties and failed to prevail over the army positions.
In the meantime, other army soldiers targeted terrorists’ movements in the village of Abu Ra’eidah and in the towns of Hasraya, al-Latamina, al-Zakat, Ma’arkabah, Tal al-Sakhar, and al-Hamimiat, inflicting major losses on them.
Meanwhile, a Syrian military source pointed to the terrorists’ intensifying attacks from the demilitarized zone and Ankara’s failure in forcing the terrorists to leave the zone, and said the Syrian Army has no other option but to wage a major assault on the terrorists in the Northern and Northwestern parts of the country.
Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan, a Syrian military expert, was quoted by the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency as saying on Monday that Tahrir al-Sham is in control of nearly 70% of towns and villages in Idlib province and makes provocative moves against the Syrian army, adding that the army’s commitment to decrease tensions is not lasting forever.
He added that the Syrian army has so far repelled all attacks by terrorists against its positions and inflicted heavy damages on them, noting that the army is now necessitated to come out of the defensive mood to retake control of Idlib.
Hamdan said that Tahrir al-Sham will resort to a full-scale military operation against the Syrian and Russian armies soon, after rejecting the Sochi agreement last October, which leaves no room for ceasefire or disarmament anymore, and underlined that the Syrian army’s battle against Tahrir al-Sham is inevitable.
Meantime, the Turkey-backed Ahrar al-Sham and National Liberation Front (NLF) terrorist groups has also dismissed the Russian-Turkish Sochi agreement and is preparing for military operations against the army in Northern Syria, calling for a coalition with Tahrir al-Sham.
Tahrir al-Sham and other allied terrorist groups have not left the demilitarized zone two months after the Sochi agreement and have instead reinvigorated their strongholds and targeted the army positions every day.
Relevant reports said last Sunday that the Turkey-backed NLF had put its gunmen on alert to launch a heavy offensive against the Syrian army in the demilitarized zone in Idlib province.
The Arabic-language al-Watan reported that the Turkey-backed NLF had kept its fighters in and outside the demilitarized zone, envisioned in the Sochi Agreement, on alert for imminent war against the army.
The decision by the NLF came after Ahrar al-Sham called on other terrorist groups to get ready for war against the army in Idlib province.