BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military sent a delegation to visit several towns in northern Hama and southern Idlib on Wednesday, opposition activists reported via social media.
According to these activists, the Turkish delegation met with the residents in these towns to discuss the latest developments around southern Idlib and northern Hama.
The activists said that the residents complained about the recent airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF); however, the Turkish military allegedly blamed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham because they had violated the ceasefire in the region.
Furthermore, the Turkish military reportedly informed the residents of these towns in northern Hama and southern Idlib that they would retaliate if the Syrian Arab Army launched their offensive in these areas.
The opposition activists claimed that the Turkish military had recently brought a number of manpads to their observation posts in order to shoot down any helicopters or jets threatening the forces in these areas.
This move by the Turkish military comes as the Syrian Arab Army builds-up their forces around the Idlib Governorate for their upcoming offensive.
A source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar last night that this move by the Turkish military is nothing more than a bluff.
The source added that the Russian military has had enough of the jihadist rebels in Jisr Al-Shughour and the Al-Ghaab Plain; especially, after their recent attacks on the Hmeymim Airbase.