BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers and jihadist rebels were killed during a fierce battle in northern Hama last night.
According to a military source in Hama city, the jihadist rebels of Tanzeem Ansar Al-Tuwhid launched a surprise assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Massasneh axis at 1:30 A.M. (local time).
Taking advantage of the poor weather, Tanzeem Ansar Al-Tuwhid attempted to overwhelm the Syrian Arab Army troops at the Massasneh axis.
Furthermore, Tanzeem Ansar Al-Tuwhid militants far behind the front-lines provided necessary support by launching several artillery shells at the Syrian Arab Army’s points at the villges of Madajin, Zour Al-Hesa, and Khirbat Ma’reen.
Despite using the element of surprise, Tanzeem Ansar Al-Tuwhid was ultimately repelled by the Syrian Arab Army after a fierce battle last night.
Both sides would end up losing more than 20 personnel during the intense battle, making this exchange of hostilities the most violent of the year.