DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – Various jihadist factions have released a string of photos and videos over the past 24 hours, extensively documenting their activities amid heavy clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeast Hama sector.
On Tuesday, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) confirmed their presence on the battlefield by releasing drone photos of the SAA supposedly fleeing its positions near the town Mustarihah. In addition, TIP published a photo (seen above) of a T-62 tank with clear Russian markings it had captured on this axis:
Meanwhile, the so-called ‘Free Idlib Army’ (Free Syrian Army branch) released footage of a TOW missile strike on an SAA tank in the town of Rubdah on Wednesday morning:
Hours earlier, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) – the primary faction battling in the area – knocked out a SAA tank in the town of Arfa, also with guided missile of the same type:
In addition, HTS, TIP and various Free Syrian Army groups bombarded government lines with 107 mm rockets and 122 howitzer missiles to deter further SAA advances:
The exact SAA death toll following these jihadist attacks remains unbeknownst to Al-Masdar News although casualties are said to be very high on both sides.
Despite some human and material losses, the SAA still holds significant momentum in northeastern Hama, liberating over a dozen villages in November alone.
A map of the region can be found here.