The largest Islamist group in Jaysh Al-Fateh – “Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham” – has launched over 500 mortar shells, hellfire canons, and rockets at the predominately Shi’i towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya in the last three days, as they continue their reprisal attack for the Syrian Armed Forces’ offensive at the resort-city of Al-Zabadani in west Syria.
Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – in coordination with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – are no longer just shelling Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya, they have reportedly mobilized dozens of their fighters to the northern and eastern outskirts of these towns, with the intention of carrying out a brutal siege in order to capture these two Syrian Government strongholds on the border of the provincial capital of Idlib.
Despite being well-protected by a few thousand fighters from the National Defense Forces (NDF), Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya are at the mercy of the Islamist militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra, due to both of these towns being isolated from any-sort of supply line or any Syrian Arab Army stronghold.
In the past, the Islamist rebels have attempted to breach the National Defense Forces’ frontline defenses at Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya; however, similar to Al-Zahra and Nubl in northern Aleppo, the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhaat Al-Nusra were unsuccessful in all of their prior attempts.
According to local sources, over 20,000 civilians still live inside Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya with limited provisions.