Hama, Syria (8:56 P.M.) – Led by the elite forces of the 4th Mechanized Division, units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance on Friday capturing three checkpoints south of the rebel stronghold of Morek in northern Hama.
The capture of the Syriatel Station checkpoint, sawmill checkpoint, and Basha’er School not only places the government troops directly on the southern hinges of Morek, but also yields them in a commanding position north of Souran, one of the few towns remaining under jihadist control since the launch of their offensive several weeks ago.
Moreover, the seizure of the Lahaya checkpoint enables the SAA to cut the supply lines of the rebel forces to the south of Morek.
In the coming days, it is very likely that the Syrian Army will attack Morek from the southern axis, while assaulting Taybat Al-Imam from the southern and southeastern flanks and Lahaya from the east leading to the full collapse of the insurgent defenses in Hama’s battle-scarred northern countryside.
Notably, the Syrian Army’s rapid advances in Hama are occurring at a time when the full weight of the powerful Jaish Al-Fateh jihadist coalition is thrown against the brick wall defenses of government-held west Aleppo with negligible results so far and a considerable amount of losses.