DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 00) – The Syrian government forces began, today, a new military operation to expel the Islamic State from the east countryside of Hama in bid to secure Salamiyah city.
The Army troops, backed by local fighters, launched the offensive from two axes aiming at reaching the ISIS stronghold of Aqirbat; which serves as the launch pad for the group’s deadly attacks on Salamiyah.
According to sources, the attacking forces were capable of taking over several villages and hamlets, including al-Barghouthiyah.
The same sources added that the Russian Special Forces are actively participating in the offensive, with the support of the Russian Air Force.
ISIS has recurrently conducted several attacks on Salamiyah, killing dozens of civilians as well as local fighters defending their city.
On May 18t, Up to 46 people have been killed, 100 others wounded in a gruesome carnage committed by the Islamic State on Aqarib village to the east of Salamiyah city.