The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted a battlefield source as saying that the Syrian Army units engaged in fierce clashes with a group of foreign elite militants of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists known as ‘Asaeb al-Hamra’ who intended to penetrate into al-Hamamiat region.
The source noted that after inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorists, the Syrian Army warded off the terrorists’ attack and forced their remnants to retreat.
He said that the Syrian Air Force heavily pounded the terrorists’ military positions in Kafar Zita, al-Latamineh, al-Zuka, al-Arbaeen and the surrounding areas of Wadi Osman in Northern Hama, destroying several centers of Jeish al-Izza, their rocket-launching sites as well as Turkey-made armored vehicles of the terrorists, killing all the terrorists inside them.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army’s artillery units pounded the terrorists’ movements in an area from al-Naqir to North of al-Hobait till towns of Sheikh Mustafa, al-Rakaya, Tarmala and Kafar Sanjeh, destroying several of their military positions.
In a relevant development on Saturday, the Syrian Army was preparing to take full control of strategic points to reopen the key Saqilbieh-Mahradeh road in Northern Hama as government forces have intensified their military operations in the region.
The Syrian Army’s missile and artillery units targeted and heavily pounded the military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at and Jeizh al-Izza terrorist groups in the towns of al-Jobin and Tal Malh in Northern Hama, destroying several of their military positions and hardware and killing a number of them.
Meantime, a military source noted that the Syrian Army troops destroyed the defense lines of the terrorists in Northern Hama, and said that the Syrian Army intends to reopen the strategic Saqilbieh-Mahradeh Road by taking full control of strategic town of Tal Malh.
He also said that the Syrian Army’s artillery units destroyed the terrorists’ logistical convoys in Abu Raideh, al-Zuka, Hasraya, al-Latamineh in Northern Hama.
Meantime, the Turkish Army sent fresh military convoys comprising armored personnel carriers and a large number of its elite forces to the border towns of Reyhanli and Qirq Khan behind borders with Syria.