DAMASCUS, (BM) – Numerous air strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF) were unsuccessful and did not help the Syrian government forces regain control of the Nairab settlement in Idlib province after fierce battles with the pro-Turkish armed opposition.
It is reported by The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the organization, on February 24, the air forces delivered their first airstrikes on the Nairab settlement in the southeast of Aleppo in northern Syria, which followed within a few hours after the militants captured the settlement.
Attacks on the nearby Jebel al-Zawiya Range in western Idlib are also reported. In total, the airborne forces inflicted about 87 air attacks on the northern province per day. In addition, airstrikes were recorded in the provinces of Latakia and Hama. In total, three provinces counted 137 hits per day.
The battles for Nairab were fought from the night of February 24 and ended on the morning of February 25. In response, Turkish forces launched multiple attacks on government army positions using rocket artillery.
On February 24, Al Arabiya television station reported violent clashes between militants and government forces after the Turkish military, together with the armed opposition, attacked the positions of the Syrian army in Nairab. According to the channel, the Turkish army conducted a ground operation.
On February 20, the Syrian opposition, supported by the Turkish army, launched a large-scale offensive in Idlib, breaking through the Syrian defenses in Nairab. Nevertheless, the government forces, together with the Russian Aerospace Forces, were able to repel these attacks.
In January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving behind Turkish observation posts. The advance of government forces outraged Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops are not withdrawn from the line of posts, then the Turkish army will begin a military operation. Russia, which has expressed support for the actions of Damascus in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but the parties have not yet been able to agree.
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