BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Islamist rebels launched a surprise attack inside the northern part of the Hama Governorate, Saturday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the Zaleen Checkpoint and its surrounding area.
Led by Jaysh Al-‘Izza, the Islamist rebels attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Army’s positions at the Zaleen Checkpoint in a bid to expand their presence in northern Hama before a ceasefire is established.
The Jaysh Al-‘Izza attack would ultimately fail after a two hour battle with the Syrian Arab Army and pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF).
According to a military source, the Syrian Army was able to foil the Islamist assault after local NDF scouts spotted Jaysh Al-‘Izza moving towards their front-lines.
This latest Islamist attack comes just 24 hours after the Syrian Army announced the end of their military operations in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates.
The Syrian Army is currently engaged in ceasefire talks that are being moderated by the Russian reconciliation committee.