BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – In the last couple of hours, various rebel groups combined ranks to launch a revenge offensive (code-named ‘Anger for [East] Ghouta’) against the Syrian Army in Hama province’s northern countryside.
The main blow of the insurgent operation has fallen on Syrian Army defenses around the frontline towns of Buraydij, Magha’ir and Al-Hamamiyat – it is believed that militant groups are attempting to cut-off and capture Kernaz, a key government stronghold in north Hama.
Whilst fending off the ongoing Islamist assault, the Syrian Army has issued a powerful counter-strike with artillery fire against three nearby militant stronghold – Al-Latamenah, Kafr Zita and Morek.
The Syrian Army is noted to be using heavy howitzers and rocket artillery in its shelling operation.
The barrage being directed against the insurgent strongholds is aimed at demolishing positions, breaking-up inbound movements (the towns serving as mobilization points for fighters and their vehicles) and suppressing fire support sources (i.e. counter-barrage action).
Updates of the situation to follow.