BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – A series of heavy clashes broke out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the jihadist forces in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama on Sunday.
According to a field report, the Syrian Arab Army engaged a jihadist force along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines this morning after the latter opened fire on their troops.
The report said the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels traded heavy gunfire along the Jabal Al-Zawiya front-lines before more clashes broke out at the Al-Ghaab Plain’s northern axis.
Both sides reportedly suffered casualties; however, the total number of losses for the warring parties is unknown at this time.
Tensions remain high in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama as both the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels have recently moved reinforcements to the front-lines in this region.
Most recently, a Syrian Army source said the military is preparing for a new operation in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, citing the constant attacks by the jihadist rebels as one of the reasons for the resumption of activity.