DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 A.M.) – Brand new battle footage released by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda) shows its fighters defending a vital highpoint in northern Hama from a recent assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The video depicts HTS bringing in one of its elite jihadist units, fitted with Go-Pro cameras, to defend the Zaatar hill from a looming SAA counterattack.
Towards the end of the video, at least four SAA corpses at put on display while a Russian jet can be seen flying above the battlefield:
Despite HTS hinting to the contrary, the SAA maintains the upper hand in northern Hama after retaking all lost territory across a rural region in central Syria that not long ago was under a de-escalation agreement.
According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, the SAA is expected to launch an all-out counteroffensive in the coming weeks to expel jihadist belligerents entirely from Hama province.
On Tuesday evening, HTS ally Jaish Al-Izza (Free Syrian Army) notably claimed it had shot down a Russian helicopter in the same rural region.