On November 29 morning, a new wave of Russian airstrikes targeted militants’ positions in the al-Zawiya Mount in southern Idlib.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit two positions near the town of Mshun. No casualties were reported as a result of the airstrikes.
Following the Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army artillery shelled a number of towns and villages in the al-Zawiya Mount.
The mountainous region is a stronghold of al-Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its allies, including the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation. Earlier this year, reports revealed that Syrian government forces are planning a large-scale operation to capture the region.
The al-Zawiya Mount is the main gateway to the strategic M4 highway, which links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, Syria’s industrial hub.
Over the last few months, Russian forces stepped up their operations against Greater Idlib militants. Earlier this week, a series of Russian airstrikes targeted militants’ positions in the northern countryside of Lattakia. This may be a sign of a near operation in the region.
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