Ankara has called for increased efforts to establish ceasefire in Northern Syria in talks with the Russian side to prevent the Syrian army advances in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib and save the terrorist groups.
Sources close to the commanders of the so-called National Liberation Front, supported by Ankara, reported on Monday that Ankara is attempting to save the terrorists by demands for a ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr Muslim holidays after failure in military operations to take back the lost positions of terrorists in Northern and Northwestern Hama and facing fears of stronger attacks against the militants.
They added that Moscow has not reacted yet to the 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Ankara, noting that only the Syrian army was committed to the truce agreed in the past.
The sources said that Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov has told his Turkish counterpart that any ceasefire in Northern Syria should be established with Turkey’s responsibility, implementation of contents of Idlib agreement, withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone, reopening of the international highways from Aleppo to Hama and Lattakia, allowing the civilians to leave the terrorist-held areas in Idlib and stopping Ankara’s military, political and media support for the militants.
Meantime, the terrorist groups in Northern Hama for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday targeted the town of Qamhaneh in Northern Hama with rocket attacks.
The Syrian army, in response, attacked the terrorists’ positions and moves with heavy artillery fire in Northern and Northwestern Hama, destroying several of their positions.
Syrian media reported on Sunday that the Ankara-backed militants had infuriated Turkey for their poor performance and incapability to confront the Syrian Army and regain back the regions they had already lost to the government forces.
The Ankara’s fury came as the Syrian Army thwarted fresh attacks by the Turkey-backed militants in Northern Hama.
The Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorist groups who had attacked their military positions in the surrounding areas of Jab Ramaleh in Northwestern Hama, and inflicted heavy losses on them after thwarting their attacks.
The Damascus Army also destroyed four drones belonging to the terrorists in the outskirts of Jab Ramaleh.
A military source, meantime, pointed to the intensified attacks by the terrorists on the Syrian Army’s military positions in the vicinity of Qala al-Maziq Northwest of Hama, and said that terrorists pounded the region and the town of Shatheh with several rockets.
It noted that the Syrian Army responded to the terrorists’ attacks, and pounded their military positions and movements in Mourek, Kafar Zita, al-Latamaneh, Latmin, Tahtaya, al-Arabaeen, Hasraya, al-Zuka and al-Hobait in Northern and Northwestern Hama, destroying several of their centers.
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper, meantime, quoted sources close to Ankara-backed National Liberation Front (NFL) terrorists as saying that Turkey is very angry with consecutive defeats by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other Anlara-backed militants in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts of Hama despite Turkey’s logistical aids.
It noted that Ankara is more concerned with terrorists’ incapability to resist and confront the Syrian Army’s military tactics as well as new the new wave of defection of terrorists enjoying Ankara’s support.
The battlefield sources in Idlib Province also reported that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists have executed seven militants on charges of cooperation with the Syrian Army and Russia.