DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:50 P.M.) – Dozens of Syrian troops were either killed-in-action or captured alive by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) on Sunday after the Al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked the village of Abu Dali, located on the provincial border between Hama and Idlib, from all flanks in a highly coordinated offensive this afternoon.
Despite over 20 airstrikes by the Russian Air Force, HTS belligerents broke through trenches set up by the National Defence Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and imposed full control over Abu Dali, taking a number of prisoners of war in the process:
Nearby, HTS also claimed to have destroyed an SAA tank (last photo) that was heading towards the strategic hill top of Tall Aswad in northern Hama.
Abu Dali has long served as a trading village between the warring parties; however, its fate was sealed after being cutoff from the government mainland due to the fall of Mushayrifah, a neighbouring village, on Saturday.
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