BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – For the second day in a row, the jihadist rebels have attacked a Christian town near the front-lines in the Idlib Governorate.
According to a military source in the northern Hama, the jihadist rebels and their allies from Jaysh Al-Izza launched several artillery shells and missiles towards the Christian town of Mhardeh, prompting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to respond with a barrage of their own projectiles towards the militant defenses.
Mhardeh, which is predominately populated Antiochian Orthodox Christians, has a large presence of Russian military personnel, who are actively advising the Syrian Army units in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate.
Like Sqaylabiyeh in northwestern Hama, Mhardeh is home to one of the largest units from the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF).
Prior to the arrival of the Tiger Forces and several other Syrian Army units, the Mhardeh NDF and the 11th Tank Division were the only units protecting northern Hama.