Terrorists Reinvigorate Strongholds, Intensify Attacks on Army in Demilitarized Zone

The Syrian army repelled militants’ offensive in the demilitarized zone in Hama, Idlib and Aleppo as reports said that the terrorists have further equipped their members with more weapons and military grid.

The Syrian army forces pounded the terrorists’ positions in al-Ziyarah and al-Sarmaniyeh with artillery and missile fire on Thursday as they wanted to infiltrate into the army positions in Northwestern Hama from the demilitarized zone, inflicting heavy tolls on them.

Meantime, the Syrian army troops launched artillery attacks against the terrorists’ moves and positions in the towns of al-Latamineh, al-Zakat, Murak, al-Arba’een, Tal al-Sakhar, Lahaya, al-Jaisat, al-Jaberiyeh and Tal Hawash in Northern Hama.

The army units also targeted the militants’ moves in al-Khowayn, Sakik, al-Katibeh and al-Mahjoureh, warding off their offensives and forcing others to flee.

Meantime, in Aleppo province, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists launched 15 missile and mortar attacks against residential areas in Share’ al-Nil and Jamiyat al-Zahra regions on Wednesday. The army reciprocated the attacks with missile fire.

Also, field sources reported that the terrorist groups in Northern Syria have in the past week sent unprecedented volumes of weapons and equipment to the contact lines with the Syrian army in Northern Hama and Southeastern Idlib in demilitarized zone.

The terrorists’ refusal to implement the Sochi Agreement is pushing the army to initiate its long-waited assault on militants in Idlib that had been put on hold due to the Sochi Agreement.

Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan, a Syrian military expert, was quoted by the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency as saying earlier this month 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 week 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.

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