Jabhat al-Nusra shelled Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone 29 times over the past 24 hours, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing.
“Twenty-nine shelling attacks from the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group were registered in the Idlib de-escalation zone… in the provinces of Idlib (11 attacks), Latakia (13), Aleppo (2) and Hama (3),” Rear Adm. Karpov said.
He said the number of attacks according to the Syrian side’s data totaled 21.
On Wednesday, the Russian military said that militants conducted a mortar attack and struck from a drone at the recently opened Seraqab checkpoint in Idlib. It also said earlier that militants were blocking the operation of new checkpoints in Syria’s province of Idlib, prohibiting refugees from leaving the de-escalation zone under threat of the use of weapons and arrest.