BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 p.m.) – The pro-government “Homeland Shield Forces” (Dara’ Al-Watan) made their way from southern Syria to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate, Saturday, in order to aid in the upcoming offensive along the Idlib-Hama Highway.

According to a military report, the Homeland Shield Forces were sent to the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate after the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants violated the ceasefire in the de-escalation zones and launched an offensive near the town of Ma’an earlier this week.

Video footage of the Homeland Shield Forces arriving in northern Hama was released by the Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade on Sunday:

In the coming days, the Syrian Arab Army is expected to kickoff their offensive to retake a large portion of the Idlib-Hama border, marking the first time since late 2015 that they attempt to enter the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

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