The Syrian army has decided to stop its military operations in the villages of Hama and Idlib in compliance with the agreements signed by the Russian guarantor, who received a “request” from Ankara to convince the Syrian government of a truce that constitutes a last chance for Turkey to implement its obligations under the Sochi agreement, in order to reopen the international route between the cities of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.
The sources revealed that the agreement reached on the truce came after a “request” submitted by Turkey to Russia to persuade the Syrian government to stop the military operations temporarily to give the opportunity to persuade Turkey to convince armed groups to withdraw from the demilitarized zone and the opening of international roads in accordance with the agreement “Sochi”.
Turkey had extended the implementation of its obligations under the Sochi Agreement several times, with additional opportunities in which it was unable to implement these commitments as a guarantor of the Front and its allies, although more than seven months had elapsed since the signing of the agreement, Months to implement these obligations.
The sources said that the Syrian army, in compliance with the agreements signed by the Russian guarantor, stopped the military operations with the start of Saturday and stopped the artillery, missile and air attacks on the positions of the militants, where instructions were issued to raise readiness and respond to the sources of launch in the event of any targets of the Syrian army in the villages of Hama and Idlib.
On the other hand, local sources said to the Russian news agency, Sputnik: That a meeting was held on Saturday morning included number of Armed faction leaders to consult on the subject of the agreement, where the meeting came out with a decision to reject the truce and set the conditions for acceptance of the withdrawal of the Syrian army from the areas recently submitted to the countryside North West Hama.
The sources said: This was translated directly through a press statement of the spokesman for the “National Liberation Front” supported by Turkey Naji Mustafa, which confirmed the rejection of armed factions to the truce unless the Syrian army withdrew from the areas that he liberated recently.
On the ground, the armed groups’ fighters translated their rejection of the truce by firing several missiles at the Jableh area of rural of Latakia, trying to target the Russian Hmeimim air base, and attempting to attack an army site in the northwestern Hama countryside.
On September 17, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached an agreement in Sochi to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Aleppo and Latakia, bordering Idlib.
The Turkish side promised to withdraw all terrorist organizations and heavy weapons from In addition to other commitments under the agreement, none of them were achieved.
On the contrary, the number of armed men increased after the terrorist organizations reestablished their alliances within the region.
The armed groups haven’t ceased to violate the ceasefire with not stopping the escalation in the province of Idlib and nearby areas which are under the control of the Syrian government in the countryside of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia, with firing thousands of rockets, causing hundreds of civilians dead and wounded, and increased the frequency of attacks on Syrian army points.