On January 2, Turkish forces and their proxies shelled settlements near the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Early in the morning, Turkish-backed militants shelled the town of Jurin. The town, which is located in the northwestern Hama countryside, hosts a large military camp. Russian troops are situated there. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the militants’ shelling wounded two civilians, including a child.
Turkish-backed militants also targeted a civilian van parked in the eastern outskirts of Jurin with an anti-tank guided missile. Nobody was injured or killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, in the southern countryside of Idlib the Turkish military shelled the town of Saraqib. The town situated on the Damascus-Aleppo highway (M5) and the Lattakia-Aleppo highway (M4).
These attacks are a blatant violation of the Turkish-Russian agreement on Greater Idlib, which was signed on March 5. The agreement was meant to stabilize the region.
The Syrian Arab Army and its allies usually respond to such violations by shelling militants’ positions in the southern Idlib countryside. However, this tactic has failed to deter the militants and their backer, Turkey.
Turkey has not been taking active actions to discipline of Greater Idlib militants. On the contrary, Ankara appears to be supporting the militants’ provocative behavior.
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