BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have seized the village of Ma’ardes in northern Hama after more than 24 hours of combat with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

According to a military source in Mhardeh, the jihadist rebels were able to gain the upper-hand this afternoon, following another series of intense clashes with the Syrian Arab Army’s 11th Tank Division.

With Ma’ardes under their control, the jihadist rebels will turn their attention to the small village of Al-Iskenderiyah, which was captured by the Syrian Arab Army over the weekend.

West of Ma’ardes, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are making a big push inside the strategic town of Halfaya; if successful, they will have secured the nearby town of Mhardeh.

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