The Syrian Armed Forces, backed by local fighters, re-established full control over Maarzaf village after being blitzed by jihadi rebels days ago.
The village, located just to the south of the Christian city of Mahardah, fell to the jihadi groups during their massive offensive on several government-controlled villages and towns in northern Hama countryside.
The recapture of the village will pave the way to re-open the Mahardah-Hama road after being cut off by opposition forces.
After being forced to retreat, the government troops are now fighting off one of the fiercest offensives led by the al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria: Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, along with several other groups including FSA-affiliated factions.
Waves of attacks have been launched on Mahardah in an attempt to storm the Christian city; primarily from Halfaya to the east.