Beginning at dawn on Tuesday, multiple Islamist factions fighting under the banner of Jaish al-Fateh began attacking government-held towns in the northern Hama countryside, thus igniting fresh clashes to the region.
Upon coming under heavy fire especially at Buraydij and Al-Mughayr throughout the morning hours, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division and National Defence Forces (NDF) were able to hold their ground and foil the first wave of attacks.
Nevertheless, the Islamist offensive is still underway as fighters of Ahrar al-Sham, Tahrir al-Sham, Jaish al-Nasr and Jaish al-Izza attempt to breach the SAA’s first defensive line.
Meanwhile, the SAA is relying heavily on the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the 555th Regiment’s artillery units to fight off the offensive. Air raids and artillery strikes are especially intensive on suspected insurgent gatherings in the rebel-held town of Al-Bana while rearguard supply lines have also been targeted in recent hours.
Last week, civilians in Kafr Nabuda kicked out Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Nasr, pelting rocks at their armored vehicles and yelling slurs at their militants. Local residents were reportedly trying to avoid clashes resuming in northern Hama.
The pictures below were all taken today and show NDF soldiers in northern Hama: