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Syrian Army Shells terrorists Positions In Southern IDLIB As Russian Warplanes Scout The Region

On June 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positons in the southern part of the so-called Greater Idlib region.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the shelling targeted the towns of Hantoteen, al-Ruwaihah and Benin. The three towns are located in the eastern part of the al-Zawiya mount.

“[The shelling] coincided with the flight of a Russian warplane and reconnaissance aircraft [drones] in the airspace of Idlib countryside,” the monitoring group said in a report.

Several opposition activists confirmed that Russian warplanes and drones were unusually active over Greater Idlib today.

Earlier this week, Turkish-backed militants declared the al-Zawiya a military zone. The militants are reportedly bracing for an upcoming attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.

The SAA could launch a large-scale military operation to reopen the M4 highway, which links the cities of Lattakia and Aleppo. Turkey committed to reopen the highway under the March 5 agreement with Russia. However, the highway is still closed.