BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 A.M.) – Russian and Syrian airpower went all-out over the skies of northern Hama and southern Idlib Governorates yesterday in response to a jihadist offensive launched by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist forces.
Yesterday, forces of the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group initiated an offensive against the Syrian Army in northern Hama, employing tanks and artillery in an attempt to break government lines.
Within the first hour, Syrian and Russian jets responded by bombing rear-area targets belonging to Al-Qaeda in order to limit the ability of terrorist forces to resupply and reinforce their offensive.
According to military sources, the combined amount of Russian and Syrian airstrikes conducted yesterday stands at over 100 with both air forces carrying out about fifty each. More so, all these strikes were conducted in the space of about twelve hours.
Pro-government airpower targeted Al-Qaeda convoy movements, bases and positions in more than ten major towns across northern Hama and southern Idlib including al-Latamenah, Kafr Zita, Morek, Khan Shaykhun, al-Tamani’ah, al-Tah and Kafr Nabl.
The sheer fury of Russian and Syrian airstrikes can be attributed mainly to the fact that terrorist forces so blatantly broke the northern Hama ceasefire agreement and applied such force in doing so too.
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