BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Izza attempted to bypass the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) lines in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate last night, a military source in Mhardeh city told Al-Masdar News this morning.
According to the military source, Jaysh Al-Izza attempted to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s positions near the town of Al-Zalaqiyat.
However, the Islamist rebels were seen by the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) making their way towards the Syrian Army’s posts near the Al-Zalaqiyat Checkpoint.
The Syrian Arab Army then fired on the Islamist rebels with their heavy machine guns; this resulted in the death of several Jaysh Al-Izza fighters.
Due to the heavy casualties sustained by the Islamist rebels, Jaysh Al-Izza was forced to withdraw across the 20km long demilitarized zone.