BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive in northwestern Hama has been halted until further notice, a source from the military told Al-Masdar News this morning.
According to the source, the Syrian Arab Army has not received any orders to advance from either Kafr Naboudeh or Qal’at Al-Madiq in northwestern Hama.
The source did confirm that a large number of reinforcements had arrived in northwestern Hama recently but added that they have not received any further orders.
Another source from the army said that the Syrian military is awaiting the green light from the Russian Armed Forces, who were in talks with Turkey about Idlib.
Despite halting the ground offensive, the Syrian military has continued its heavy bombardment of the militant-held areas in the Idlib and Hama governorates. The Syrian military’s bombardment has been mostly carried out by their air force and artillery units.
The Syrian Army will likely have to resume their ground offensive to secure Kafr Naboudeh and Qal’at Al-Madiq; however, as of this time, they have been ordered to remain idle.