Idlib: 11 Syrian soldiers killed by jihadist attack


“HTS fired shells and rockets at a Syrian military post killing eight soldiers near Kafr Rumah, Idlib province,” the Syrian Observatory said.

Eleven Syrian soldiers were killed today in two attacks launched by the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Both attacks took place in Idlib province. From the first, against a military outpost near Kafr Ruma, eight soldiers were killed. A short time later, three more soldiers were “killed by sniper fire” near Kafr Nabul, a community located near Kafr Rumah.

The official Syrian media did not report anything about these two attacks.

About half of Idlib province and parts of the neighboring provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia are controlled by Hayar Tahrir al-Sham and other, less influential rebel groups.

Since the end of 2022, HTS has stepped up its shelling of Bashar al-Assad regime army positions in Idlib, following Syria’s “rapprochement” with Turkey, the Observatory’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, commented. About three million people live in this region, half of whom are displaced from other provinces.


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