BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed rebels launched their first attack of the year on the key city of Masyaf in western Hama, a military source in nearby Al-Suqaylabiyeh told Al-Masdar on Sunday.
According to the military source, the Turkish-backed rebels fired Grad missiles and artillery shells towards Masyaf on Sunday afternoon, resulting in a number of explosions that could be heard throughout the city.
In response to this attack on Masyaf by the Turkish-backed rebel forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a heavy assault on the northern countryside of Hama.
The Syrian Arab Army reportedly launched a large number of artillery shells and missiles towards the Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds of Kafr Zita, Arba’een, and Al-Latamnah.
These back-and-forth attacks between the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed rebels have been going on for several weeks now, despite attempts by Turkey and Russia to put an end to these hostilities.
Both sides have accused one another of inflaming the situation inside the demilitarized zone that was agreed upon during the Sochi meeting on September 17th.