BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has carried out retaliatory airstrikes against militant positions in northern Homs Governorate.
The SyAAF airstrikes targeted the town of Houla in the militant-held Rastan region north of Homs city. Rebel media reports that at least two airstrikes fell on the settlement.
The strikes were conducted in response to incessant violations – usually in the form of shelling – by jihadist forces of the ceasefire agreement established for the Rastan area.
Indeed, about twelve hours ago jihadist fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group operating within the Rastan region launched an offensive on pro-government forces west of Salamiyah city. Whether or not the airstrikes are specifically linked to this event cannot be determined yet.
Syrian government forces generally respond to ceasefire violations with artillery or airstrikes against militant positions in the area where jihadists were known to have conducted the attack.