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Syrian Army Preparing for Imminent Military Operation in Northern Hama

TEHRAN The Syrian Army is preparing for fresh military operations against terrorist groups in Northern Hama as the Damascus government has dispatched massive military convoys to the region.

The Arabic-language Al-Alam news website quoted an informed military source as saying that the Syrian Army has dispatched massive military convoys comprising tens of vehicles carrying military equipment and Syrian Army troops to their military positions in Northern Hama, including Shirz and al-Tarmiseh near Mahradeh in Northern Hama.

The source also noted that the Syrian Army has started hitting the terrorists' military positions and movements in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib, and said that the Syrian Army intends to start its military operation for purging the terrorists from the demilitarized zone in the coming days.

It said that the Russian-Syrian fighter jets have destroyed the terrorists' military positions in al-Latamineh town in Northern Hama and Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib to the city of Ariha along Aleppo-Lattakia Highway.

In a relevant development in mid-July, media reports said that Damascus and Moscow have given a last chance to Ankara to fully conduct its military operations in Idlib province before the upcoming Astana meeting on Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted special sources as saying that the new round of Astana meeting in Kazakhstan's capital would be held on August 1-2 and it would be the last chance for Turkey to fulfill its commitments under the Russia-Turkey agreement on Idlib.

The sources noted that the delays by Turkey in implementing the Sochi agreement are not acceptable, and said that if Ankara does not fulfill its commitments, the Syrian Army will most probably conduct its cleansing operation in the remaining regions of Idlib.

Meantime, the daily quoted sources close to Ankara as saying that the Ankara-backed terrorist commanders attended a meeting with Turkish Army commanders in the Turkish capital earlier this week.

They said that the Turkish Army intends to maintain the areas under its control in Northern, Northwestern and Southern Idlib as long as possible before the next meeting.

The sources also pointed to Turkey's fear from possible military operations by Russia and Syria to take full control over the towns of Jabal Shahshabou in Northwestern Hama to Jisr al-Shoghour along Aleppo-Lattakia highway, and said that Turkey has promised Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups to send fresh militants of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch from Aleppo to these regions.

Turkey has also sent more Islamic Turkistani Party terrorists to battlefields in Northern Hama from Western Idlib.

In a relevant development earlier in July, a Syrian government cultural official said that Turkey is helping the militants in excavation of historical and ancient sites in the Ankara-controlled occupied areas in Northern Syria as the terrorists have transferred tens of thousands of artifacts to Turkey, a government cultural official said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Director-General of Syria's Museums and Ancient Sites Mahmoud Hamoud as saying that according to reliable intelligence, Turkish officials along with their allied militants have started excavations for artefacts in most of the regions and ancient hills of Afrin, including Tal Borj Abdalou, Tal Ain Dareh, Tal Jandaris and Nabi Hora which are thousands of years old.

Hamoud noted that the terrorists have plundered about 75,000 artifacts from Syrian museums, including museums in Idlib and Raqqa, and said that a sum of 25,000 artefacts of Syria have so far been smuggled into Turkey so far.

The Syrian official also said that over 1 million Syrian artifacts have been stolen by terrorists from different regions.

Source: Fars News Agency