TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syrian troops and their allies targeted the positions of Takfiri militants in Syria's central province of Hama, inflicting major losses on them.

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Syrian army units carried out attacks against militants’ positions in the town of Hasraya town in Hama after they tried to sneak into a buffer zone in Hama, SANA reported.

The clashes took place near the buffer zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.

Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.

However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.

Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.

Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.