BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force’s ongoing offensive in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate has recently intensified, with the latter launching an unprecedented amount of strikes on the key town of Khan Sheikhoun.
According to a military source in the town of Taybat Al-Imam, the reason for the high concentration of airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun is because of the town’s location.
In particular, the source said Khan Sheikhoun is a crossroad town in southern Idlib which serves as an important link for the main jihadist supply routes to the front-lines inside this governorate and nearby Hama.
He would add that the Russian and Syrian armed forces have been nonstop monitoring the roads around Khan Sheikhoun in a bid to stop the jihadists from resupplying and reinforcing their fronts in southern Idlib and northern Hama.
Khan Sheikhoun was captured by the militant forces in 2014 after they launched a large-scale offensive in southern Idlib.
Since its capture, hardline jihadist groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have emerged in the area, often using the town to resupply their fronts.