BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a group of jihadist rebels ambushed their positions in northwestern Hama.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels carried out the ambush at the outskirts of Al-Hakoura, which is a town near the front-lines in northwestern Hama.
According to a military source, the Syrian Army was caught off guard by the ambush because they were changing guard at the time of the attack by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.
The source said at least eleven soldiers have been confirmed killed-in-action; this number could jump in the coming hours.
This latest ambush by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham comes just days after they carried out a similar attack that killed 19 soldiers in the western part of Aleppo city.
Due to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s recent expansion in northwestern Syria, they have been able to take advantage of the Sochi Agreement in order to regroup and launch attacks against the Syrian Armed Forces.