BEIRUT, LEBANONN (11:35 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-‘Izza launched a desperate counter-offensive on Saturday to retake the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern countryside of Hama.
However, this counter-offensive would prove worthless on Saturday, as the jihadist rebels ended up suffering heavy casualties while failing to regain any territory.
According to a military source in Hama, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-‘Izza were forced to withdraw from the farms west of Taybat Al-Imam after losing more than 40 militants.
Among the many jihadist casualties on Saturday was the Jaysh Al-‘Izza field commander, ‘Ali Al-Sabe’ – he was killed during clashes with the Syrian Arab Army.
On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army launched another powerful assault in northern Hama, capturing the key town of Halfaya from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham after the latter controlled this area for more than six months.