BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – Footage has been released of a large artillery bombardment being carried out by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and other pro-government forces in the region of eastern Hama Governorate.
The video renders justice to reports that massive numbers of pro-government forces (including their fire support assets) were being relocated from Syria’s southwestern desert front to reinforce the eastern Hama front as part of a new offensive push against ISIS there.
Among the assortment of artillery systems shown in the video can be identified 130-mm M-46 field guns, 122-mm BM-21 self-propelled rocket launchers, 122-mm short-range howitzers, 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers and 23-mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns.
It is clear the recorded bombardment is part of a pre-assault preparation against ISIS positions in the target sector. Indeed, near end of the video foot troops are shown gearing up and heading out to the frontier beyond.