Tensions continue to rise in Syria as all the warring parties jockey for advantage. And a number of recent events demonstrate the fragility of the situation.

Yesterday, the Turkish military in Idlib broke up a protest along the all-important M4 highway on Monday after members of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a militia group, and civilians staged a sit-in on the highway. 

HTS has frequently attempted to block Russian patrols along the area of the M4 highway, which connects Aleppo and Latakia. But this was the first time, that they attempted to block the Turkish forces

Earlier, HTS militia members fired on a Turkish patrol. No Turkish troops were wounded in the incident, however, this unprovoked action prompted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham leaders to reprimand their troops.

Although the Idlib area is relatively calm right now, after the most recent bout of violence, the Syrian Army has been moving troops into the surrounding region which gives the impression that soon their offensive to retake Idlib will resume. 

On Friday, Turkish troops fired on Syrian and YPG militia units in the Tal Rifa’at District. Reports from witnesses stated that the Turks used artillery and rocket fire and that some of their fire hit civilian homes in the region

Meanwhile, Syrian and Iranian-proxy forces routed a band of ISIS fighters in eastern Syria and destroyed small staging bases that the terrorists use to launch attacks and store equipment. ISIS has been using the opportunity afforded by the coronavirus pandemic to strike multiple targets in eastern Syria.

Israel is also entangled in the situation. Recently, a Syrian corps commander met with Hezbollah units located close to the border with Israel. This prompted the Israelis to issue a stern warning. They’ve repeatedly said and acted upon the declaration that they will not accept Iranian or Iranian-proxy bases close to their borders.