Russian Warplanes Hit Greater Idlib Militants For Second Day In Row (Photos)
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For the second day in a row, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The airstrikes, which took place on July 10 morning, hit a number of targets in the outskirts of the town of Josef in southern Idlib.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, maintains a heavy presence in the town and its surroundings.
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The Russian airstrikes coincided with a series of Syrian artillery strikes, which targeted militants’ positions in southern Idlib, northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia.
A day earlier, Russian warplanes attacked a number of targets in the outskirts of Josef and near the town of Kabani in northern Lattakia. The airstrikes resulted in material losses, according to local sources.
The recent strikes by the VKS and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were apparently meant to deter HTS and its allies, who violate the ceasefire in Greater Idlib on a daily basis.
Despite sustaining heavy human and material losses as a result of Russian and Syrian strikes, HTS and its allies are not stepping back. The ceasefire in Greater Idlib is barely holding on. The situation in the region may force the SAA and its allies to resume ground operations in the near future.
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