Ignoring the ceasefire previously imposed in Idlib, terrorists in northern Syria continue to bombard the Syrian Arab Army positions. In the past two months, jihadists have attacked Government positions more than 2,000 times.
Less than a few days after the signing of the memorandum, militants from the Idlib zone of de-escalation began firing on Government forces positions as well as on population centres under official Damascus control.
In all, since 6 March 2020, when the memorandum was signed, militants have opened fire on SAA positions 2709 times.
A total of 539 people have been killed and 1,028 wounded by Government forces as a result of the shelling.
On 18 May alone, members of illegal armed groups opened fire on Syrian positions nine times, injuring six soldiers in varying degrees.
In addition to their use of small arms, the militants have not squeamishly used mortars or improvised explosive devices.
For example, 120 mm mortars were used by the bandits during the shelling of residential areas in the village of Mellaja.
Two residential buildings were completely destroyed.
According to local residents, if there had been people inside the houses at the time of the strike, they would have had no chance of surviving.
It is important that the government troops meet the terms of the memorandum by retaliating fire only when militants attempt to break into Damascus-controlled areas.
Jihadists, on the other hand, often take advantage of this situation. Feeling impunity, they are constantly increasing the intensity of the shelling.
At the same time, Turkey, as a guarantor of the memorandum of understanding on the part of the militants in Idlib, constantly points to the fact that groups outside its control, such as the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, banned in Russia, are shooting.
Obviously, such a situation cannot continue forever. It is useless to have a dialogue with the militants, and Ankara’s mistakes in negotiating with the terrorists have completely deprived Turkey of its credibility with the members of the illegal armed groups.
In this situation, in order to protect civilians living in Damascus-controlled territory, Government forces will have no choice but to launch a new military operation against militants in Idlib in order to finally resolve the issue of the terrorist threat in the Idlib zone of de-escalation this time.