BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 P.M.) – Amid the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist militias dueling it out over the rolling countryside of northern Hama province, two top militant commanders, both brothers, have been killed in battles throughout the key region.

Earlier, Al-Masdar News reported that top Ahrar al-Sham commander Ibrahim Khaled al-Alloush was killed along with five of his best fighters near the contested town of Atshan in Hama province.

Now it has become apparent that Ibrahim’s brother, Hani al-Alloush (pictured above), has also been killed in clashes with the Syrian Army in northern Hama.

Like Ibrahim, Hani was a commander for the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Ahrar al-Sham Islamist coalition. He has been described by opposition sources as the “1st Commander” of the armed group.

Reports say that Hani died whilst leading a failed counter-attack against Syrian army forces at the town of Um Haryateen, only a few kilometers southeast of where Ibrahim died.

Both brothers have been killed on the same day, within a several hours of each other.

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