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Syrian opposition reports most powerful Russian strikes since ceasefire

No large-scale air strikes since March

Syrian opposition sources said Russian fighter jets on Sunday bombed rebel-held areas of northwestern Syria. These are the most ambitious strikes since the main hostilities ended as a result of the Turkish-Russian agreement concluded almost six months ago..

According to eyewitnesses, military aircraft attacked the western outskirts of Idlib.Syrian opposition reports most powerful Russian strikes since ceasefire In addition, they talked about intense shelling in the mountainous region of Jabal Zawiya in southern Idlib from nearby outposts of the Syrian army..Syrian opposition reports most powerful Russian strikes since ceasefire No casualties reported.

“These thirty raids are definitely the heaviest strikes since the ceasefire,” said former rebel spokesman Mohammad Rashid, who monitors aircraft flights. Its network covers the Russian airbase in the province of Latakia in the west of the country..

Other tracking centers reported that Russian Sukhoi aircraft attacked the Khorsh area and the city of Arab Said west of Idlib. Unidentified drones also attacked two rebel-held towns in the Sahel al-Gab plain, west of Hama province..

There has been no large-scale aerial bombardment since the March agreement ended a Russian-backed bombing campaign that forced more than a million residents of the Turkish border region to flee their homes..

No comments from Moscow or the Syrian army have been received yet.

The agreement between the presidents of Turkey and Russia also defused the military confrontation between the two countries after Ankara sent thousands of troops to Idlib to deter Russian-backed forces from further offensives..

Western diplomats monitoring the situation in Syria say Moscow put pressure on Ankara during the last round of talks on Wednesday, demanding that it reduce its wide military presence in Idlib. According to opposition sources in contact with the Turkish military, there are more than 10,000 troops deployed in dozens of bases in Turkey..

Eyewitnesses say the past two weeks have seen an upsurge in sporadic shelling of Turkish bases from Syrian outposts. Rebels claim the Syrian army and militias supporting it are building up forces at the front lines.

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