One of the marches shot down by Syrian forces (Syrian News Agency)

The Syrian regime's Ministry of Defense announced the downing of 7 drones that it said attempted to target military sites and villages in the Hama and Idlib countryside in northern Syria.

Syrian official media quoted the ministry as saying that its forces shot down and destroyed 7 drones of what it described as terrorists that attempted to attack military points and safe villages and towns in the surrounding areas towards the countryside of Hama and Idlib.

The ministry's statement did not provide further details about who launched the marches, nor did it mention any damage caused by the attack.

The Syrian press published pictures of the downed marches (Syrian News Agency)

The past few months have witnessed clashes between the Syrian opposition and Syrian regime forces in some areas covered by the de-escalation agreement in northern Syria.

It is noteworthy that in September 2018, Ankara and Moscow concluded an additional memorandum of understanding to strengthen a ceasefire in Idlib, which is included in the de-escalation zones agreement between Turkey, Russia, and Iran during the Astana meetings in 2017, but the regime did not adhere to the agreements, and intensified its attacks on the region.

On May 5, 2020, Moscow, as a guarantor of the regime forces, and Ankara, as a guarantor of the Syrian opposition factions, reached a new ceasefire agreement in Idlib, but the regime forces violate it from time to time.

Between 2017 and 2020, the number of people fleeing the Syrian regime’s attacks reached about two million civilians who were displaced to places near the Turkish border, according to statistics from the Syrian opposition and human rights organizations.

Source: German + Al Jazeera + Reuters