The Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) took advantage of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) passiveness near Kafr Shamis on Saturday, launching a counter-attack to break into the recently captured Deir Al-‘Adass.

Despite an initial breach of the 7th Mechanized Division’s frontline defenses at Kafr Shamis, the Al-Nusra Front was unable to penetrate further, as heavy artillery and enemy gunfire bogged down their contingent and forced them to withdraw towards their previous launching point.

According to a military source, 19 Al-Nusra Front militants were killed during the battle, including ‘Adnan Fouzi Al-Sa’adi, Waleed Lu’ayy Al-Sibsibi, Thabit Ibrahim Al-Sa’adi, and Ahmad ‘Awad Al-Saleh. He also confirmed the death of 11 soldiers from the 7th Division during the Al-Nusra Front’s attack.

Hezbollah (Party of God) and the 9th Armored Division continued their offensive at Kafr Nissaj, advancing their positions towards the imperative village of Tal Al-Haraa. Fierce clashes are still ongoing between the loyalist forces and the rebels inside the village.

After the siege of Qarfa was lifted, the Al-Nusra Front – in cooperation with a contingent from the FSA – attempted to reenter the village from the southwest perimeter in the Izra’ District; however, the infiltration attempt was repelled by the 5th Armored Division after intense firefights throughout the day.

Other areas experiencing an increase in violence were the following: Inkhil, Aqraba, Tal ‘Antar, Khirbet Ghazali, Dara’a Al-Balad, Dilli, Zimreen, Al-Sinameen, and Sheikh Miskeen.

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