BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – It has been a fought day for the jihadist rebels in northwestern Hama as their forces have conceded several areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in a short period of time.
Led by their Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army kicked off the day by overwhelming the jihadist defenses near the historical town of Qal’at Al-Madiq: this would pave the way for their eventual advance into this jihadist stronghold.
The Syrian Arab Army would then bypass the jihadist defenses at Qal’at Al-Madiq and impose full control over the town later this morning.
According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army captured the towns of Tal Hawash, Al-Kurkat, Qal’at Al-Madiq, and Al-Tuwanah in northwestern Hama.
The source added that the Syrian Army is now pushing to capture the key hilltop of Tal Sakher and its nearby town of Al-Hobeit. Once these areas are captured, the first phase of the Syrian Army offensive will have concluded.
For the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, they are likely to send their remaining reinforcements to the large town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, as this could be a future target for the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.