Late on November 20, the Syrian Army launched an OTR-21 Tochka missile at a weapon depot of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near the town of Khan, located close to the Turkish border. As always, pro-militant sources immediately claimed that the strike caused civilian casualties only. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 16 civilians, mostly women and children, died when the missile hit the refugee camp. Pro-government sources said that the ammo depot, which was the main target of the strike was located near the camp.
Like most areas in northern Idlib, Khan is controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-affilated groups. The terrorist group and its allies are known for storing weapons in civilian areas and near key infrastructure objects across entire Greater Idlib. Recently, the moved most of their weapon depots to the border with Turkey trying to rescue them from airstrikes and the advancing Syrian Army.
Mainstream media outlets prefer to ignore the systematic use of civilians in Idlib as human shields by militant groups.
On November 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed that its forces had repelled an attack by the Syrian Army on Ard al-Zurzur. Militants claimed that many Syrian Army troops were killed. Pro-government sources deny any casualties.
The Russian Military Police expanded its patrol area in northeastern Syria and started works to turn the Sarin base abandoned by US forces into own control point. The Sarin airstrip is already used by Russian helicopters involved in patrol operations.
Israel’s ImageSat International released a group of satellite images showing the alleged impact of the November 20 Israeli strike on supposed Iranian targets in Syria. The released images show the damage caused at the Mezzeh airbase known for hosting the Syrian Army’s 4th Division and the so-called Glass House building at Damascus International Airport, which Israel claims hosts an Iranian intelligence HQ.