BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was responding to an artillery strike by the jihadist rebels on Saturday when their own artillery shells hit a Turkish military post in the northwestern countryside of Hama.
According to a report from the Hama Governorate, the Syrian Army’s artillery shells hit a Turkish military post near the town of Sheir Maghar, which is located just north of Qal’at Al-Madiq.
Pro-opposition activists claimed that the artillery strike by the Syrian Arab Army resulted in three wounded for the Turkish military; these casualties were later flown out of northwestern Hama by a rescue chopper.
The situation in northwestern Syria has deteriorated greatly over the last week, with all warring parties exchanging heavy fire along the Idlib-Hama axis.
The Syrian opposition has accused the Syrian military and Russian Air Force of killing 26 civilians during this heavy bombardment of Idlib and Hama.
The Syrian Arab Army is expected to launch a powerful offensive in the coming days to capture the demilitarized zone that was supposed to be free of any opposition or government forces.
The jihadist rebels and their allies have refused to leave the demilitarized zone, which has prompted the Syrian military to step up their efforts to clear the area.