The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched on January 2 afternoon a tactical ballistic missile at militants’ positions in the so-called Greater Idlib region.
Opposition activists said that the missile landed in the outskirt of the town of Bidama, which is located in the western Idlib countryside.
According to the available information, a Soviet-made OTR-21 Tochka missile armed with a cluster warhead was likely used in the strike. The missile has a range between 70 – 185 km depending on the variant and a circular error probable (CEP) smaller than 70m.
A few minutes after the missile strike, a Facebook page affiliated with the SAA’s 25th Special Forces Division, previously known as the Tiger Forces, released a photo showing the launch of an OTR-21 missile at militants’ positions in Idlib.
A day earlier, the SAA launched an OTR-21 missile at militants’ positions near the town of Sarmin in southeastern Idlib. Activists claimed that at least 9 civilians were killed in the strike.
The army’s new missile strike on Bidama didn’t result in any civilian casualties, according to local sources. The strike was likely a response to the militants’ recent attack in southeast Idlib.