A Syrian military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that militant groups have been transporting more weapons and mobilizing large numbers of terrorists for the offensives.
The source added that the Takfiris are bringing in their reinforcements to the town of Murak in the Suran subdistrict of Hama province to target the positions of Syrian government forces and civilian neighborhoods in the surrounding areas, Presstv Reported.
He further noted that Syrian troops are closely monitoring all movements of the terrorists.
“What the terrorists have been doing over the last few days affirms that they are about to escalate their hostile acts, which will be the beginning of their inevitable and near end,” the source pointed out.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on September 17, 2018, all militants in a demilitarized zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama, were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17, and Takfiri groups had to withdraw by October 15 last year.
The National Front for the Liberation of Syria is the main Turkish-backed militant alliance in the Idlib region, but the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group, which is a coalition of different factions of terror outfits, largely composed of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, holds a large part of the province and the zone.
The HTS, which is said to be in control of some 60 percent of Idlib Province, has yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.
It is estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 members of different factions of armed groups, which Syria, Russia and Turkey consider terrorists, are active in the volatile province, which is home to around three million inhabitants.
Militant shelling kills civilian in west-central Syria
Separately, one Syrian civilian has been killed when foreign-backed terrorists launched mortar attacks against residential neighborhoods in Hama province.
A local source told SANA that a civilian lost her life on Sunday when a projectile fell onto her home in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah.
Takfiri militants also targeted Jubb Ramalah residential area in the Masyaf district of the province, causing material damage to a number of buildings there. There were no immediate reports of casualties.