DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army, backed by National Defense Forces, managed to thwart an attack launched by rebel militants in the northern countryside of Hama, a Syrian military source said.
“An Army checkpoint at Zalin village was shelled with rockets fired by militants in an attempt to score a ground advance. The assault was successfully repelled with artillery units targeting rebel positions and supply lines”, the source explained.
The artillery shelling hit the rebels’ main supply route in Al-Lataminah; the stronghold of Jaish al-Izza rebel group which carried out the attack.
“A vehicle equipped with a rocket launcher was also destroyed with all militants onboard killed”, the same source added.
The frontlines in northern Hama countryside have been active lately with jihadi militants keep on attempting to break through the Syrian Army defensives.
Jaish al-Izza, an FSA-affiliated rebel faction, is part of a bigger alliance led by al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham which also includes smaller groups of Uzbek, Chechen and Uyghur militants.