On June 26 afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery shelled militants’ positions in the northern countryside of Lattakia.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the shelling targeted the Turkman Mount. A number of foreign jihadi groups like the Turkistan Islamic Party and Ajnad al-Kavkaz are known to be stationed there.

“There is no information about any human losses [as a result of the shelling],” the monitoring group’s report reads.

The shelling was likely a response to recent attacks by the militants. A day earlier, a Syrian service member was killed by a sniper in the southern part of Greater Idlib.

A ceasefire was implemented in Greater Idlib in March in the framework of the agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey.The agreement has been facing several challenges, including the militants’ refusal to allow the reopening of the M4 highway. The strategic highway links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, the industrial hub of the country.

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