Terrorist Groups Oppose Russian-Turkish Ceasefire in Idlib Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists attacked the Syrian army-controlled regions in Northern Hama and showed opposition to the ceasefire after a Russian-Turkish truce was declared in Idlib province.

The Arabic-language website of RT quoted Head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Conflicting Parties in Syria Victor Koochiching as saying on Wednesday night that a ceasefire was established since midnight of June 12 in all parts of Idlib province under the supervision of Moscow and Ankara.

He added that the terrorist groups have targeted the two towns of Mahradeh and Souran in Hama since the declaration of ceasefire in the region.

Meantime, some dissident sources said that the ceasefire will last for three days.

Also, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that terrorist groups have launched several offensives against the towns of Qamhaneh, al-Majdal and al-Shir and the nearby areas in Northern Hama, adding that the Syrian army has targeted their positions in response.

Meantime, Spokesman of the so-called National Liberation Front terrorist group, which is affiliated to Ankara, Naji Mostafa dismissed any ceasefire in Northern Syria, saying that it is a unilateral move by Damascus and Moscow. Also, Spokesman of Jeish al-Izza terrorist group Mostafa Ma’arati rejected any ceasefire in Northern Syria.

The Syrian army on Wednesday repelled the massive attacks by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in al-Hamamiat and Karnaz regions as well as the towns of Sheikh Hadid and al-Qasabiyeh in Northwestern Hama and Southern Idlib, inflicting heavy tolls and damages on the militants.

Relevant reports said on Wednesday that Turkey had ordered the terrorist groups stationed in Northern Syria to continue fighting the Syrian army and keep their positions until the 2019 G20 Osaka summit in Japan later this month in a bid to find a pressure leverage to stop the army’s military operations.

Al-Watan newspaper quoted dissident sources close to the Ankara-backed terrorists in Idlib as saying on Wednesday that the Turkish officers deployed in regions under the supervision of Ankara in Idlib province have ordered the terrorist commanders in Northern Hama, Southern Idlib and Northeastern Lattakia to launch preemptive attacks against the army-controlled areas and prevent the Syrian army forces’ advance.

They added that Turkey insists on improvement of battlefield and military conditions of the so-called National Liberation Front, Jeish al-Izza and Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at terrorists in Hama, Idlib and Lattakia, noting that Ankara seeks to use the G20 summit in Osaka to meet his Russian and US counterparts and pressure them to prevent the Syrian army’s military operations.

The sources said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to return to the de-escalation zone agreement with Russia through talks (after non-commitment) to it and following Moscow’s repeated opposition to Ankara’s demands for a ceasefire in Idlib and the adjacent areas.