(London, UK – 11:21 A.M.) Fighting in the province of Hama has continued between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist militant groups, including the newly-formed Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) group.
The clashes are taking place in North Hama, and the militants are around 10 KM away from the provincial capital, Hama city. The village of Qomhana has become a key flash-point, with the militants unable to capture the village from pro-government forces.
Editor of Al-Masdar Arabic, Yusha Yuseef, has posted footage on social media which shows Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) terrorists being targeted in a double-tap airstrike. It is unclear if the attack was carried out by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SYAAF) or the Russian Air Force (RUAF.)
North Hama , Direct hit by Airstrikes on HTS militants , then Secont Hit into Other HTS militants came to help pic.twitter.com/EV6S9QygVb
— Yusha Yuseef (@MIG29_) March 26, 2017
In the first day or so of the offensive, the militants advanced significantly. However, the Syrian Army’s General Command ordered the elite Tiger Forces to deploy to the area. Since then, pro-government forces have regained some territory, and the militant’s gains have effectively stagnated.
Opposition forces also launched an offensive in the Damascus district of Jobar earlier this month. Once again, the militants made progress initially, but the Syrian Army eventually recaptured all lost areas in Jobar.