The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were able to hold onto the northern border of Al-Rastan Lake for nearly three years without ever conceding this important part of the Hama-Homs axis to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
However, this officially changed on Friday evening, when the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – seized one of the last villages on the northern border of Al-Rastan Lake, marking the bitter end to the Islamists three year long resistance in the Hama Governorate’s southern countryside.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade and their allies imposed full control over the village of Jarisah in southern Hama after a violent firefight with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham on Friday morning.
In fact, the capture of Jarisah by the Syrian Armed Forces came just two hours after they seized the village of Deir Furdays; this aforementioned site is also located in the Hama Governorate’s southern countryside, but it does not border Al-Rastan Lake
With the capture of Jarisah, the Syrian Armed Forces have now taken control of all but one village on the northern border of Al-Rastan Lake.
Two days ago, the Syrian Armed Forces pulled out of Harbinafsah after seizing it 24 hours prior to their withdrawal; however, they have once again positioned themselves at the northern flank of the village in preparation for the final assault.