One week after launching an offensive in the Hama Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – resumed their attack along the Orontes River’s northern bank, striking the Islamist rebel defenses at the village of Jarjisah, which is located just north of the rebel stronghold of Al-Rastan in the Homs Governorate.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and their allies originally issued a warning to the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham that if they do not turn in their weapons and surrender to the Syrian security forces by 10 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Monday, they will find themselves under attack.
Not surprising, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham refused to surrender themselves to the Syrian security forces; thus, prompting the latter to launch a powerful assault on the Islamist defenses at the rural village of Jarjisah.
Following a long battle with the Islamist rebels that stretched from 10:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) to 7:15 P.M. (Damascus Time), the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and their allies finally imposed full control over the village of Jarjisah, killing an estimated 25 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham in the process.
With the capture of Jarjisah on Monday, the Syrian Armed Forces now control the northern bank of the Orontes River that leads to the strategic city of Al-Rastan.