Syria: 33 Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib after air strike
Syrian militants kill 15 supporters of Assad regime after Russian airstrike
The National Liberation Front has promised to take revenge on Moscow for the air strikes on the militant camp, which killed 78 people
Syrian rebels have killed at least 15 supporters of the Moscow-backed Bashar al-Assad regime in retaliation for the Russian military’s airstrikes against pro-Turkish militants’ training camps. This was announced on Tuesday by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights..
On Monday, Russian air forces attacked a Failak al-Sham faction’s training camp near the border separating Idlib province from Turkey. During the operation, 78 militants were killed, 90 were injured.
The leadership of the National Liberation Front (FLN), a network of armed groups backed by Ankara, based in Idlib, which includes Failak al-Sham, has promised to avenge the attack..
Failak al-Sham is a Sunni Islamist group that has participated in several Turkish military campaigns in Syria and is also involved in the conflicts in Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 15 pro-government militants have been killed in the past 24 hours by bombing Assad-controlled areas in south and east Idlib, as well as parts of the adjacent provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia.
The FLN spokesman Naji Mustafa in an interview with Agence France-Presse said: “The FLN reacted immediately, striking at the positions of the regime in the south of Idlib province and north of Hama province..
The attacks were the bloodiest outbreak of violence since the Turkish-Russian ceasefire went into effect in northwestern Syria almost eight months ago.
The ceasefire halted the Russian-backed Assad regime’s advance on Idlib, the last bastion of the Syrian opposition, which left more than 500 civilians dead and nearly a million displaced.
FLN spokesman accused Moscow of violating ceasefire agreement.
Also on Tuesday, militants loyal to Damascus fired back at rebels in southern Idlib and in Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. According to him, at least one militant was killed on the outskirts of the city of Saraqeb in Idlib..
The opposition now controls about half of the province of Idlib, as well as parts of the adjacent Syrian provinces.
Idlib is dominated by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a coalition led by the former branch of Syrian al-Qaeda, but other armed groups, including the NFO, are active here..