Terrorists Fear Losing Strategic Hill in Lattakia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists stationed in Northern Lattakia fear losing the strategic region of Kabani as the Syrian army is heavily reinvigorating its forces in the Northern parts of the province.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik reported on Thursday that the Syrian army has sent a large number of forces and military equipment to the regions from Job al-Ahmar hills overlooking Sahl al-Qab to the borders with Turkey in the North.

It added that the Syrian army forces had targeted all the moves and military convoys of the terrorists near Jisr al-Shaqour towards the strategic town of Kabani with artillery and missile attacks, saying that the militants fear losing the region.

The town of Kabani and the nearby hills are among the highest hills of Lattakia mountain which overlook the towns of Jabal al-Akrad in Northern Lattakia, Sahl al-Qab region in Northern Hama and Jisr al-Shaqour as well as the Lattakia-Aleppo highway to Ariha in Idlib.

Meantime, Tahrir al-Sham claimed last week that the Syrian army has launched chemical attack against Northern Lattakia.

A British-based war monitor said Wednesday it had no evidence to suggest the Syrian army had carried out a new chemical attack in the region.

“We have no proof at all of the attack,” Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

“We have not documented any chemical attack in the mountains of Lattakia,” he said.

The head of Observatory said that only militants were present at the site of Sunday’s alleged attack, making it nearly impossible to objectively confirm the incident.

“There were no civilians in the area,” Abdel Rahman said.

The Syrian foreign ministry stated in a statement that media reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Army in the Kabani settlement in Northern Lattakia were fake.

“The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry reaffirms the statement of the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces which denied these claims and affirmed that they are completely baseless, noting that Syria had cooperated fully with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which declared Syria free of chemical weapons,” the statement said, as cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

According to the document, “Syria has never used such weapons before” and will “not use them now, as it does not possess such weapons in the first place, and it considers the use of toxic weapons contradictory to its moral and international obligations”.

The Syrian foreign ministry pointed out that “such recurring, hollow, barefaced media fabrications will not dissuade Syria from fighting terrorism until security and safety are restored across the country”.

Source: Fars News Agency

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