The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) recent offensive in the eastern part of the Hama Governorate has been repelled by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after two days of non-stop fighting in the Al-Salamiyah District.
ISIS’ first attack on Al-Maba’ouji was repelled on the first day of their offensive; however, they were able to maintain their positions in the villages of Al-Sheikh Hilaal, ‘Aqeerab, and Al-Qintaraat, despite the constant airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).
Finally, the death toll proved too much for the ISIS contingents, they retreated east towards the Ar-Raqqa Governorate, where they will likely regroup and prepare for another assault.
This was ISIS’ third attempt to gain ground in the eastern part of the Hama Governorate since mid-March.
ISIS has been responsible for at least 31 civilian deaths in east Hama since the advent of these offensives; this number includes the civilians who were massacred at the village of Al-Maba’ouji last week.