TOPSHOT - Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018.Turkish forces began shelling the YPG enclave of Afrin from frontier Hatay province, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Turkey has said repeatedly this week that an operation to oust the YPG from Afrin is imminent and has massed troops and armour on the border. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels unleashed a heavy assault across the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate this afternoon.

Led by the National Liberation Front, the Turkish-backed rebels hammered the towns of Salhab, Suqaylabiyeh, Mhardeh, Aziziyeh, and Karee with a plethora of artillery shells and missiles.

As a result of the NLF’s attack on northern Hama this afternoon, at least two children were badly wounded and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

In response to the NLF’s attack, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fired a large number of missiles and artillery shells towards the opposition-held areas in the Al-Ghaab Plain.

A source in the town of Mhardeh said the Russian Air Force may launch airstrikes in response to these attacks by the National Liberation Front.

According to the source, the Russian Air Force is now flying over the NLF’s positions in northwestern Hama and southwestern Idlib.

Despite the presence of a demilitarized zone, northwestern Syria has experienced an increase in hostilities between the Syrian Army and militants.

Both sides have repeately accused one another of violating the September 17th Sochi Agreement, which established the demilitarized zone and called on all parties to exit the designated area.

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