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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – Despite the ongoing peace talks in Astana, today, the Syrian government and opposition forces have not yet halted their hostilities inside the Idlib buffer zone.

According to a military source in the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army carried out a powerful attack against a group of jihadist rebels that were attempting to deploy more of their fighters in the buffer zone area near the Idlib-Hama axis.

In response, the members of Jaysh Al-Izza heavily targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near Mhardeh, causing several explosions that could be heard from as far south as Hama city.

The two sides would continuously trade hostilities this afternoon, following a fresh attack by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions south of Khuwayn.

Both sides have accused one another of instigating today’s hostilities, with the opposition forces claiming the Syrian Army’s attack on their forces in the Idlib buffer zone constituted a violation of the buffer zone agreement.

The Syrian Army argues that the militants should have left the designated buffer zone already, as the date for their withdrawal was set for October 15th.

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The Syrian Government is correct If the jihadi rebels had left the buffer zone on 15 Oct, as agreed between the Russians and Turks, then the Syrians would merely be bombing empty space now.