BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have unleashed a massive barrage of airstrikes over the northwestern region of Syria this evening.

Led by Russian jets from the Hmeimim Airbase, both air forces carried out dozens of airstrikes over southern Idlib and northern Hama, hitting a number of sites belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the National Liberation Front, and Jaysh Al-Izza.

In particular, a source from the Syrian military told Al-Masdar that both air forces targeted the militant-held towns located between Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and Khan Sheikhoun; they would also hit some areas in the Al-Ghaab Plain that is located inside both Idlib and Hama.

At the same time, the jihadist rebels hammered the government-held areas in northern Hama, hitting the imperative Mhardeh Power Plant in the process.

The increase in violence along the Hama-Idlib axis comes just days after both sides sent reinforcements to this front.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is expected to launch a big offensive in the coming days that will target the militant areas inside the demilitarized zone.

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