BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish military traded attacks on Thursday after an intense exchange between the SAA and militant forces in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region.

According to reports from southern Idlib, the Syrian Army was attacked by the Turkish military after they struck the militant forces near the latter’s observation post north of Kafr Nabl.

A source from the Syrian Army said they did not purposely target the Turkish military during their strikes on the jihadist forces in the Al-Bara’a area; however, following their attack, they were the recipients of a barrage of artillery shells that were fired from a nearby observation posts.

The source said the militant forces often fire rockets and artillery shells from their positions near the Turkish observation posts, which often result in a fierce response from the Syrian Arab Army.

No casualties were reported by the Syrian Army during the exchange; however, with the recent arrival of more Turkish troops in southern Idlib, the situation in the governorate may become increasingly violent, as the SAA and militant forces continue to trade attacks.

In March, the Turkish military launched a big attack on the Syrian Army’s positions, killing over 100 soldiers and destroying dozens of vehicles and posts.

The Turkish military’s attack prompted the March 5th Sochi meeting between presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

The two presidents agreed to implement a ceasefire and joint patrols along the M-4 Highway to quell the violence.

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