During the day, the Russian Air Force has pounded Harbinafsah village and carried out more than 25 airstrikes on rebel militants of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army. Due to ongoing air raids, at least 9 rebel fighters have been killed – 7 of the names have been obtained through a source close to Al-Masdar:

-Hassoun Nader
-Azzam Hamsho
-Ahmad Afara
-Nader Abd Razzak
-Abd al-Majeed Azzo
-Muhammad Azzo
-Muhammad Shamali

Footage of today’s airstrikes by the Russian Airforce on rebels inside Habinafsah:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp5ZKegotjY

In retaliation for their lost comrades, Ahrar al-Sham launched several ‘hell-cannon’ missiles towards Al-Zara Thermal Power Plant which is under the control of government troops.

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Al-Zara electric generator lies just a few miles northeast of Habinafsah town:

http://wikimapia.org/6135356/Al-Zara-Thermal-Power-Plant-Elec-generator

These events come as the Syrian Arab Army is reportedly mobilizing for an offensive which would have them seize the villages of Habinafsah and Musa al-Hulah. Furthermore, such an offensive would have government troops capture all towns north of the ar-Rastan river and set for a push from southern Hama into northern Homs.

Nevertheless, Islamist rebels still control some 30 villages and towns inside the Homs governorate which they are unlikely to surrender to the Syrian Arab Army any time soon. For years, government forces have attempted – with only minor success – to starve this rebel-held area into submission.

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