BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The battle for northern Hama is in full-swing, as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels trade offensives along the Hama-Idlib Highway (M-5 Highway).
Beginning with Ma’ardes in northern Hama, the jihadist rebels stormed this small village yesterday, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses from several flanks in order to overwhelm the government.
Intense clashes have been ongoing in Ma’ardes over the last 24 hours, despite Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s failure to take the village.
Meanwhile, at the Mhardeh front, the Syrian Arab Army launched a powerful assault this morning that targeted the key town of Halfaya near the Hama-Idlib Highway.
According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the nearby Batish Checkpoint and entered Halfaya after breaking through the jihadist defenses at the western axis of the town.