Sporadic clashes in “de-escalation zone” | Rebels and jihadies continue shelling regime positions in Latakia, Idlib and Aleppo
Several frontlines in Kafr Halab, Basartun in the western countryside of Aleppo, Fulayfel, Al-Dar Al-Kabera in Idlib countryside, Sahl Al-Ghab, and Latakia countryside in the “de-escalation zone” experience sporadic clashes between regime forces and loyal militias on one hand, and rebel and Islamic factions on the other.
These clashes coincided with exchange of shelling on these frontlines, where opposition factions managed to destroy headquarters and ammunition depot affiliated to regime forces in Ain Al-Qantarah frontline in Latakia countryside. The factions also shelled a regime position on Basartun frontlines in the western countryside of Aleppo, leaving many soldiers dead and wounded.
This escalation comes in response to yesterday’s massacre committed by Russian jets which struck a camp of al-Sham Corps, north-west of Idlib.
A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported that the opposition factions continued shelling, with rockets and artillery, regime positions in Hazarin, Al-Malaja, Shansharah, Marraat Al-Nu’man, Al-Hamediyyah, Maarshorin, Jbala, Hassanah, Maarmater, Tal Mannas, Tramla, Al-Dar Al-Kabera, Kafr Nubl, Hantoutin, Ma’sraan, Saraqeb, Khan Al-Sabil, Dadikh, Jubas, Kafr Batikh, Maar Debseh, Al-Jaradah, in the souterh and eastern countryside of Idlib, Al-Hakourah, Tanjarah, Jurin, Kawkabah in the western countryside of Hama, Al-Marij, Salma, Shallaq, Tal Abu As’ad, Ain Al-Qantarah in Latakia mountains, the 46th Regiment, Basartoun, Kafr Halab and Miznanz in the western countryside of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, SOHR activists have documented the death of at least 12 regime soldiers and loyalists in this intensive shelling, and the fatalities could be categorised according to areas as follows:
- Saraqeb in eastern Idlib: Three fatalities.
- Frontlines of Latakia mountains: four fatalities.
- Hama countryside: three fatalities.
- Aleppo: two fatalities.
The death toll is expected to rise as the shelling left several military personnel injured, some seriously. There are unconfirmed reports of more casualties.