Russian Airstrikes Hit Militants Escorting Turkish Convoy In Western Idlib (Photos)

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Russian Airstrikes Hit Militants Escorting Turkish Convoy In Western Idlib (Photos)

A ground crew member reports to pilots that their Su-30 fighter jet is ready at Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria, by Russia’s Defence Ministry, October 22, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)

The Russian Aerospace Forces combat operations against al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib are still ongoing.

On April 6 and 7, two waves of Russian airstrikes hit the outskirts of the town of Bsanqul in the western countryside of Idlib.

According to sources in Idlib, the April 6 airstrikes targeted a unit of HTS that was escorting a Turkish military convoy. A number of militants were killed or wounded. A pickup truck was also destroyed. The target of the April 7 airstrikes is yet to be revealed.

Several photos of the Russian airstrikes on Basnqul outskirts were shared by opposition activists as well as the White Helmets organization.

The airstrikes were likely a response to recent violation of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey last year.

HTS and its allies, including Turkish-backed groups, violate the ceasefire on a regular basis. The Turkish military, which maintains over 60 posts in Greater Idlib, is doing nothing to stop these provocations.

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