BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive in northwestern Syria is back on after the Turkish and Russian armed forces failed to reach terms for an open-ended ceasefire.
Instead, both parties agreed to a brief 48-hour ceasefire to reopen a humanitarian crossing near the town of Morek in northern Hama. The humanitarian crossing was reopened, but the ceasefire would not last for more than 12 hours.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian armed forces gave the Syrian Arab Army the green light to resume their northwestern Syria offensive after the jihadist rebels violated the 48-hour ceasefire by launching a big attack on Kafr Naboudeh.
On Monday, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their operations in northeast Latakia and northwestern Hama, seizing a small town located north of Kafr Naboudeh.
The Syrian Army also attacked the jihadist mountain stronghold, Kabani, in northeastern Latakia; however, this attack was nothing more than testing Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses after a two-day-long aerial bombardment of the town.
In the coming days, the Syrian Army is expected to intensify their attacks against the jihadist forces in northwestern Syria, as they look to isolate the Idlib Governorate from the rest of Syria.