Seven Syrian regime soldiers killed in Idlib clashes
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that a regime officer and two soldiers were killed, while three regime soldiers were injured on Friday after a mine exploded while they were trying to attack the Jabal Al-Zawiya area of southern Idlib province.
The SOHR also said that a further four regime soldiers were killed and six more injured in clashes with the hardline Islamist rebel group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area.
Media activist Mustafa Mohammed also told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that rebels from HTS and the more moderate National Front for Liberation bombed regime positions around the deserted city of Maarat al-Numan, which was captured by the regime last January.
He said that the bombing was in retaliation for the regime shelling of Jabal al-Zawiya and other residential areas in southern Idlib province on Friday.
Southern Idlib province has been heavily targeted by the regime in recent days despite a ceasefire deal signed by Russia in March.
Pro-Iranian militias supporting the regime have sent reinforcements to the area recently and there are growing fears of a major regime assault.
Also on Friday, the headquarters of Watad, an HTS-affiliated petroleum company which is the only organisation importing petrol to rebel-held areas of Syria, was bombed by a drone of unknown origin, resulting in the destruction of two lorries and major damage to storage facilities.