Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Gives Crushing Response to Terrorists’ Recent Attack in Hama
The Syrian army’s attacks reportedly came in retaliation to the terrorists’ mortar attacks on the government forces’ military positions.
“Tahrir al-Sham conducted mortar attack on army’s positions in the small town of Zalin in Northern Hama on Saturday,” the Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported.
Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over the past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Northern Hama on Sunday and inflicted major losses on the terrorists, retaliating the terrorists’ mortar attacks.
The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that Tahrir al-Sham conducted mortar attack on army’s positions in the small town of Zalin in Northern Hama on Saturday.
It further said that army’s artillery and missile units, in response, pounded Tahrir al-Sham’s strongholds in the villages and towns of Wadi al-Dorat, al-Zakat, Albueizah, al-Latamina and a region between al-Latamina and Lahaya in Northern Hama and in the village of Jisr Beit al-Raas in al-Ghaab Plain, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and major damage on their equipment.
On Thursday, the army’s artillery units targeted a group of Kata’eb al-Izzah terrorists who intended to gain control of the military regions near the town of Morek in Northern Hama, killing and wounding several militants and destroying their military equipment.
The remaining terrorists fled to their positions inside Morek, field sources said.
In recent days, the terrorist groups have sent more gunmen and military equipment to contact lines with Syrian army, launching more missile attacks on government forces’ positions in Hama province.
The Turkey-backed terrorists who had claimed that they have started transfer of heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone in Northern Syria are hiding their arms in Northern Lattakia, pro-opposition media sources reported on Sunday.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that there has been no clear indication of a retreat by militant groups from the weapons-free zone after the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey, adding that 70% of the demilitarized region is still under the occupation of militants.
It said that Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham and the Coastal Regiments 1 and 2, affiliated to the National Liberation Front (NFL), have not retreated from Northern and Northeastern Lattakia, noting that they have only concealed their heavy weapons in tunnels.
A senior security commander of Tahrir al-Sham was killed in Idlib province as internal clashes and assassination operations increased among the terrorist groups.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday that Khattab al-Homawi, a senior official of Tahrir al-Sham, was killed after a bomb was detonated in al-Iqab prison in Saraqib region of Eastern Idlib.
Also, in Northern Idlib, Tahrir al-Sham terrorists attacked an ISIL stronghold in the town of Ma’arat Misrin, killing at least 6 ISIL militants.
Tahrir al-Sham also arrested two ISIL commanders in the town of Armanaz in Northwestern Idlib.
Infighting among the terrorist groups has increased in Idlib and Aleppo provinces days ahead of the implementation of the first phase of the Sochi Agreement in Northern Syria.
The US Army dispatched another large military convoy to its base in Raqqa province on Sunday amid intensified tensions in regions that are controlled by the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The US army forwarded a military convoy from its base in the town of Tal Issa to Tabaqa military airport in Western Raqqa.
The convoy included ten military vehicles, a field source said, adding that the fresh troops are to resume patrolling around military positions in Western Raqqa, including positions of the SDF training camp for especial forces West of Tabaqa.
In the meantime, local sources reported that a number of SDF militias were injured after unknown raiders targeted their positon near the village of al-Sahbiyah Qarbi in Raqqa province.
The sources further said that a number of civilians were arrested in the small town of al-Mansourah amid a new round of SDF’s forced recruitment in Western Raqqa.
The Syrian Army troops repelled a heavy offensive of the ISIL terrorist group that was aimed at lifting siege on trapped terrorists in Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern desert of Sweida on Sunday.
The army men engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in the Northwestern part of the Eastern desert of Sweida and fended off the terrorists’ attack to break the army’s siege on Toloul al-Safa.
The army killed a number of terrorists, including their snipers and forced their remaining pockets to retreat.
In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units pounded the ISIL’s strongholds and movements in the desert, destroying a number of positons and inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
The army men have been fortifying their positions in rugged terrains in Toloul al-Safa and also seized a large volume of arms and ammunition of terrorists.