Syrian fighter jets have carried out a string of airstrikes against the positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the southern part of the country’s northwestern province of Idlib.
On Sunday, the Syrian aircraft pounded militant bases in the towns of Khan Shaykhun, al-Tamanah, Hass, Madaya, Kafrsajna, Rakaya Sijneh, and Hazarin as well as Hish.Earlier in the day, Syrian army troops struck militant strongholds in Qasabiyeh village of Maarrat al-Nu’man district in response to a barrage of missiles fired by militants at government-controlled sites in the area.
Separately, Syrian army units managed to establish control over Hobait town on the southern edge of Idlib province.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the capture of the town came at dawn after a night of deadly fighting.
The Britain-based war monitor group noted that the progress will enable the Syrian army to advance toward Khan Shaykhun, which lies 11 kilometers east of Hobait and serves as one of the important militant strongholds in Idlib.
The development will allow the Syrian army to tighten the noose around foreign-backed terrorists in the northern countryside of the western-central province of Hama, which is adjacent to the southern part of Idlib.
On August 5, the Syrian army declared in a statement the start of an offensive against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, after Takfiris positioned in the de-escalation zone failed to honor a ceasefire and continued to target civilian neighborhoods.
“Even though the Syrian Arab Army declared a ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of Idlib on August 1, armed terrorist groups, backed by Turkey, refused to abide by the ceasefire and launched many attacks on civilians in surrounding areas,” SANA cited a statement released by the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.