Syrian War Report – May 20, 2019: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing

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Syrian War Report – May 20, 2019: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing

On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the contact line with Israel.

Some sources speculated that the SADF was repelling Israeli strikes. However, no explosions were reported in Damascus and its countryside as well as pro-government sources were not able to present any vestiges of intercepted missiles. The situation with the interceptions remains unclear.

At the same time, the Damascus government and Russia came with another peaceful initiative for Idlib militants. On May 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) introduced a temporary ceasefire halting offensive operations around Idlib, in particular in northwestern Hama.

Militants reacted to this announcement in their common manner. On the same day, unguided rockets were launched at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase and the nearby villages of Acharashir and Hwaiz. A civilian was killed and several others were injured in the shelling. There were no casualties to Russian personnel or damage to the airbase’s facilities.

Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the SAA also continued in northern Lattakia. On May 19, militants claimed that the SAA had used munitions armed with chlorine gas in the area. However, according to pro-militant sources, the gas attack caused no casualties. Multiple anti-tank guided strikes by militants were also reported in northwestern Hama.

These developments serve another confirmation that ceasefire agreements work not so well in the areas with a high presence of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members. If the SAA and its allies are set to fulfil the ceasefire, it will likely mark the end of the operation in northwestern Hama.

Meanwhile, in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition continue efforts to consolidate control over this part of the country. The SDF and the coalition pay a special attention to combating the remaining ISIS cells along  the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

If relations between the SDF and the Damascus government remain at the current low level, the US-led coalition will use the situation to turn northeastern Syria into its de-facto protectorate.

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  • gustavo

    I do not know how to explain this. The terrorists do not want PEACE, they have been contracted by USA-Israel-NATO (Turkey) to destroy Syria. If Russia-Syria want peace, they need to talk to USA-NATO-Israel for they to stop their support to terrorists. Putin must stop pleasing Turkey (NATO member), and continue with a total full offensive on Idlib to get rid of these terrorists.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      i make phone call to putin to carry on bombing civilian ….easy to say it

      • Mike

        Sure why you Wahhabi animals, enslave and butcher innocent civilians please go fuck off you stupid animal.

        • Mustafa Mehmet

          Go on blow yourself up maggots

          • Mike

            Go fuck yourself Turkish tapeworm.

    • Astrid Watanabe

      “I do not know how to explain this……”
      To me the situation has become more obvious. But I am not good at explaining. We might have to ask Ma-laoshi, Promitheus Apollonius and some others to explain this.

    • Loung Kodak

      Some intelligence officers discovered 17 intermediate levels of networks, between sponsors of terror!sts (you listed some of them) and terrorist cells on the battlefield. So true somewhere but not easy to achieve.

  • Xoli Xoli

    UN is USA NATO tool and spoke agent Idlib terrorists and families safety is a big concern.Now why would people in Homs,Hama,Damascus, Raqqa Quneitra millions suffer because of 180 terrorists families .Let Russia and Syria legitimate government order peaceful people or else invade Idlib.Idlib operations have nothing to do with smelling mouth Erdogan.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    “At the same time, the Damascus government and Russia came with another peaceful initiative for Idlib militants. On May 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) introduced a temporary ceasefire halting offensive operations around Idlib, in particular in northwestern Hama.
    Militants reacted to this announcement in their common manner. On the same day, unguided rockets were launched at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase and the nearby villages of Acharashir and Hwaiz. A civilian was killed and several others were injured in the shelling. There were no casualties to Russian personnel or damage to the airbase’s facilities.”

    Putin takes flowers as gifts and chants HariKrishna to the rebels and they throw their garbage at him, what an idiot, doesn’t he ever learn.
    What a lie too, the Damascus government doesn’t want a peaceful resolution at all, they want to go in and rip the rebels out completely, it’s only Putin and Erdogan who want the peaceful resolution.

    • Attrition47

      Tactics babe, tactics.

  • gustavo

    Ceases fire agreement does not work at all, but it very useful for terrorists and Turkey since it makes to stop SAA offensive.