BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a powerful offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday.
Backed by Jaysh Al-Izza, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the town of Hamamiyat in a bid to recover the territories they lost to the government in early June.
The attack would prove successful as the jihadist rebels managed to capture Hamamiyat after overrunning the Syrian Army troops inside the town.
Following the capture of Hamamiyat, the jihadist rebels shifted their attention to the key town of Kernaz; this would result in another fierce battle that proved costly for both parties.
However, the jihadist rebels were ultimately able to take control of the town after the Syrian troops inside made the decision to withdraw.
This latest by the jihadist rebels comes just a month after they managed to cut the main road between the Christian towns of Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh.
Correction: Kernaz is still under Syrian Army control. The Syrian military inside Kernaz told Al-Masdar this morning that they never withdrew and were able to hold the town despite the militants possessing the high ground.