The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed large reinforcements in the northern Hama countryside over the last few days, Muraselon, a Syrian pro-government news outlet, reported on July 17 citing “field sources.”
According to the sources, the reinforcements included several battle tanks, howitzers, loads of ammunition as well as additional troops.
“The Syrian army is preparing to resume its military operations within the demilitarized zone,” one of the sources told Muraselon, without specifying the target of the new operations.
The demilitarized zone was established around Idlib last September under a Russian-Turkish agreement. However, Haya’t Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups, controlling the governorate, never respected the agreement.
Last April, the SAA launched a military operation against terrorists situated within the demilitarized zone. After initial advance, a series of one-sided ceasefires allowed HTS and its allies to regain initiative.
Russian and Syrian warplanes are currently carrying out an intense bombing campaign on terrorists’ positions in northern Hama. This supports Muraselon’s claims of a new offensive being prepared.