Alwaght- A combined military operation by Syrian and Russian forces repelled an offensive by Takfiri terrorists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria.
The forces killed some 850 terrorists and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russia’s General Staff reported.
The offensive was launched by the militant group formerly called al-Nusra Front and its allies on Tuesday morning, a statement from the General Staff said.
The terrorists attacked government forces position north and northeast of the city of Hama. The positions are part of a designated de-escalation zone, which covers Idlib governorate, the powerbase of a number of anti-government armed groups in Syria, the Russian military said.
The report accused US security services of instigating the offensive, which, the statement said, is meant to derail the successful operation of Damascus forces east of Deir ez-Zor.
The Russian General Staff said the terrorists tried to capture a unit of the Russian military police, which have a mandate to monitor the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The unit was forced to fight against a larger enemy presence for several hours, but prevailed thanks to the support of a local militia.
The Russian command in Syria ordered an operation to repel the terrorists’ assault, including airstrikes and a ground offensive conducted by the military police and special operations forces, General Sergey Rudskoy, spokesman for the Russian General Staff, added in the statement.
The Russian unit was successfully rescued. Three troops from the special operations forces were injured, but the Russian forces suffered no fatalities, Rudskoy said.
The statement says Syrian government forces supported by Russian warplanes launched a counteroffensive and recaptured territories previously seized by the terrorists.