BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched two attacks on the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah, Thursday, in a bid to reopen the main road from Sqaylabiyeh and Mhardeh.
Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army’s first attack on Tal Malah was quickly repelled by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from the National Liberation Front.
Following the first failed attack, the Syrian Arab Army regrouped to make another push to capture Tal Malah and the nearby town of Jibeen.
The Syrian Arab Army was able to score an initial advance in northwestern Hama on Thursday afternoon, paving the way for their forces to reach the outskirts of Jibeen.
However, not long after making this advance, the Syrian Arab Army was forced to withdraw from the Jibeen outskirts after suffering a number of casualties.
Thursday’s attack by the Syrian Army on Tal Malah marked the first time in a week that they have stormed this imperative site in northwestern Hama.