TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Syrian army forces engaged in heavy clashes with a group of terrorists in a provincial area between southern countryside of Idlib and Northern Hama.

– World news –

Units of the Syrian army destroyed dens and fortifications of terrorists in the area in response to the repeated violation of the de-escalation zones agreement in the region.

SANA reported from Hama that the army carried out artillery strikes on positions of terrorists in the surrounding of al-Hweiz village to the north of al-Ghab plain, killing and injuring scores of militants.

The army also struck fortifications of terrorists in the town of Kfar Zeita north of Hama.

Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September 2018, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.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.