BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Idlib buffer zone witnessed another night of heavy clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels, as the aforementioned parties continue their hostilities in northwest Syria.
According to a military source in the government stronghold of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army opened fired on a group of fighters from the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Al-Izza faction last night after they were observed moving through the Al-Latamnah and Massasnah areas.
Following the clashes near Massasnah, the Syrian Arab Army expanded their assault to Arabeen and Markabeh, prompting another fierce exchange with the Jaysh Al-Izza fighters in this part of the northern Hama countryside.
The clashes between the two parties would continue at dawn this morning, despite the presence of Russian spy planes across the skies of the Idlib province.
A source from the Syrian Army said that the Russian IL-20 spy planes were conducting low altitude flights over the Idlib buffer zone and hovering above the Islamist rebel positions along the Hama-Idlib axis.
The Russian Air Force has been conducting these surveillance flights over the Idlib Governorate for two days now, as the situation around the buffer zone continues to fall apart.