Russian fighter jets conducted today up to 25 airstrikes against jihadists in the northwestern province of Idlib, local activists reported.
The airstrikes targeted staging points and command centers for the jihadi groups in the provincial capital as well as cities and towns of Maarrat al-Nu’man, Ariha, Saraqib and Sarmin among others. Scores have been reported killed and wounded.
Russia has dramatically escalated airstrikes in Idlib after its Mil Mi-8 was downed in the city of Saraqib.
The aerial bombardment comes only one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg; the first after Turkish downed a Russian bomber on last November which resulted in a substantial rift between the two countries.
Turkey is supporting Jaish al-Fateh; a coalition of jihadi factions fighting the government troops in northern Syria.
Jaish al-Fateh has completely taken over the province of Idlib on March 2015.