TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Syrian forces responded to attacks launched by terrorists in the countryside of Hama and Idlib, inflicting major losses on them.
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Mortar rounds were fired by al-Nusra terrorists against the villages of al-Azizyia and al-Hamamyat in Hama, causing material damages, SANA reported.
The Syrian military also conducted intensive bombardments against the hideouts of the terrorist in the direction of Jabin, Tal Malah, al-Hwaija and Kafr Zita town in Hama northern countryside.
The militants' positions in the surroundings of Khan Sheikhoun to the south of Idlib were also pounded by the army.
The areas where the clashes broke out are located in a planned buffer zone which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.
However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.
Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia';s military bases in the flashpoint region.
Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.