After unjustly killing 48 civilians at the village of Al-Maba’ouji on Tuesday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) offensive in east Hama has been forestalled by the National Defense Forces (NDF).
On Tuesday, ISIS was able to take control of at least half of the village after surprising the NDF with an assault at 2:30 A.M.; however, as dawn approached, the fighting dissipated and ISIS no longer possessed shelter from the Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SAAF) Hind Helicopters.
The NDF was successful in retaking all lost territory in Al-Maba’ouji, while also killing over 40 enemy combatants from ISIS, including a number of foreigners from Tunisia, Chechnya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bosnia.
According to a field source, 31 NDF fighters were killed-in-action (KIA) and another 23 were wounded at Al-Maba’ouji – a total of 19 civilians were also hospitalized due to ISIS’ malicious attack on this predominately Ismaeli village in east Hama.
The source also added that three of the 48 victims from this heinous massacre were burnt alive by ISIS; one of the victims was identified as 21 year old Lema Ghaleb Habeel (pictured below) – she was a senior at the University of Damascus.