BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their largest attack of the year over the Idlib Governorate last night.
Led by six Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force unleashed a barrage of airstrikes over Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions inside the Jisr Al-Shuhour District and Al-Ghaab Plain region of southwestern Idlib.
A military in nearby Hama told Al-Masdar News that these airstrikes targeted a number of areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, including Jisr Al-Shughour city and its nearby Sugar Factory.
The source said the Russian airstrikes lasted for a short while and resulted in heavy damage to the jihadist group’s positions.
Some rebel activists have taken to social media to accuse Russia of targeting civilians during the attack, as locals in a number of areas reported several casualties
The Russian Air Force conducted these airstrikes last night in response to the heavy attack by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) on the towns of Al-Suqaylabiyeh, Mhardeh, and Salhab.
The Russian military has repeatedly warned the rebel factions to withdraw from the demilitarized zone that was established on September 17th, 2018 in Sochi; however, these opposition groups have rejected the plan and continue to trade hostilities with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.