The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on November 23rd that regime forces were shelling and using heavy machineguns in areas surrounding the town of Al-Lataminah in the Hama countryside and the Al Shara village in the eastern countryside of Idlib.
These assaults have taken place despite Moscow and Ankara agreeing in September to establish a demilitarised zone 15-20 kilometres deep stretching along the front lines around Idlib, including parts of the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo.
The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire said it registered a total of three ceasefire violations on November 23rd, despite Turkey saying it had recorded seven.
“Over the last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 3 cases of firing in the provinces of Latakia (1), Aleppo (1) and Hama (1). The Turkish side has registered 7 cases of ceasefire violations in the provinces of Aleppo (1), Idlib (3) and Hama (3),” the Russian Defence Ministry said in its daily bulletin.
Guarantor states have been facing difficulties in containing violations of the Russian-Turkish truce deal in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia amid rising attacks in Syria’s “buffer zone,” particularly in the countryside of Idlib and Hama.
Noting the Syrian regime’s continued incursions into rebel-held territory covered by the de-escalation zones agreement, Syrian opposition sources said that the Turkish-Russian deal was “collapsing.”