The artillery units of the army also targeted the areas of clashes on Thursday, killing and wounding tens of terrorists and forcing others to leave the region.
The Syrian army troops had a few days ago retreated from their positions in the villages of Balil, Abu al-Tolou, Um Tarikiyeh and Um Khazim after they came under attack by the al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Northern Hama.
The al-Nusra terrorists had used chemical weapons to stop the army’s further advances in Northeastern Hama and push them back.
A military source said that a large number of reinforcements were sent to the region several hours after the villages were occupied by al-Nusra and operations started to retake these areas.
A military source said Wednesday that the Syrian Army forces drove Al-Nusra Front out of vast regions in Northern Hama and managed to restore security to a long chunk of the road connecting the town of Ithriya in Hama to the town of Khanasser in Aleppo.
The source said that the army men operating in Northern Hama stormed the Al-Nusra positions in an area stretching for about 30 km Northward along the road to Aleppo, and prevailed over the terrorists.
The source further said that the army men captured a vast region North of the towns of Ithriya and Sheikh Hilal.
The army units continued their operation to liberate the regions near the town of al-Rahjan to restore security to the key road of Hama-Aleppo, the source said, adding that the army captured several regions and villages in Northern Hama and restored security to the road connecting East of al-Sa’an to Ithriya in an area 15 km in depth.
The source also mentioned that 100 terrorists have been killed and a large number of vehicles and a large volume military equipment of Al-Nusra have been destroyed in the attack.