المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Military reinforcements continue to arrive with continuous preparations for a large-scale military operation in the triangle of Sahl al-Ghab – Latakia Mountain – West Jisr al-Shughur

Areas in the triangle of Sahl al-Ghab – Latakia Mountain – West Jisr al-Shughur is witnessing the continuation of rocket shelling operations by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, where the regime forces renewed the shelling after midnight of yesterday on places in Jabal al-Akrad in the northern casualties of Latakia, and other places in the western countryside of Jisr al-Shughur, but no information about casualties, in conjunction with the arrival of more military reinforcements for the regime forces to the areas and contact lines with the rebel and Islamic factions in preparation for the military operation in the area, and the Syrian Observatory published last night that regime forces returned to target areas in the triangle of Sahl al-Ghab – Lattakia Mountains – Jisr al-Shughur, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored targeting by the regime forces on areas in the village of Jesr Bayt al-Ras in Sahl Al-Ghab in the north-western sector of Hama countryside, along with renewed shelling by the regime forces on areas in the western sector of Jisr Al-Shughur countryside, where the SOHR monitored the regime forces targeting areas in Al-Najiyeh town and the villages of Kandah and Maraand, as well as other areas in their vicinity, amid artillery targeting by the regime forces to areas in Jabal Al-Akrad, in the northern countryside of Lattakia, without information about casualties.

And the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that it monitored a state of alert in the triangle of Jisr al-Shughur – north of Lattakia – Sahl al-Ghab, and in the details monitored by the Syrian Observatory: the factions fortified the mentioned areas and opened roads between areas in Jabal al-Turkman and al-Teffahiyyeh, they also brought military reinforcements and transferred ammunition to the areas adjacent to the regime’s positions, and these reinforcements and operations come in conjunction with the renewed the shelling by the regime forces on areas in the western countryside of Jisr al-Shughur and the Latakia’s northern Mountains, also they come while the regime forces continue bringing military reinforcements to Hama, Idlib, and Latakia, where hundreds of soldiers and tens of armored vehicles and machinery were brought, as part of the preparation for a military operation in the triangle connecting the west of Jisr al-Shughur, Sahl al-Ghab at the northwest of Hama, and the northern mountains of Latakia, also the delay in carrying out the operation came as a result of the shift in clashes after controlling Daraa and Quneitra provinces, to al-Suwaidaa province.

And the Syrian Observatory published two days ago, that it monitored shelling in the past 24 hours, which was accompanied by the continuation of the regime forces to send military reinforcements of material, soldiers, vehicles and ammunition to the south-eastern countryside of Idlib, Sahl Al-Ghab area, and Lattaqia countryside, intersected sources suggested to the Syrian Observatory that these reinforcements are a part of a preparation for a military action that may be carried out in the triangle of Sahl al-Ghab – Lattakia Mountains – Jisr al-Shughur in the incoming few days, and the same sources suggested to the SOHR that the operation in this area has been delayed, as a result of the military operation which started in Al-Suwaidaa against the “Islamic State” organization, as well as the fact that the regime forces which took the control of Daraa and Al-Quneitra, headed towards Al-Suwaidaa province to fight against the organization, while it is noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received in early June 2018, that members and officers of the Iranian Forces; and of the forces loyal them have withdrawn from Tall Rifaat area and its surroundings in the northern countryside of Aleppo, after Russian – Iranian disagreements about Russian – Turkish consultations to deliver Tall Rifaat to the Turkish Forces and the Syrian military opposition, in return for the withdrawal of the Syrian opposition factions from the triangle of west Jesr al-Shughur – Sahl al-Ghab – the northeastern countryside of Latakia. The withdrawal of the Iranian officers and members loyal to them coincided with the arrival of the Russian military vehicles, accompanied by regime’s vehicles to Tal Rifaat area, where it is suggested that they came to switch regime’s military units in the area, also the sources added that the consultations are underway about completing the opening of Gaziantep road, which connects Turkey to the southern border of Syria with Jordan, and ending the presence of the Kurdish Forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo after their withdrawal from Afrin.

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