The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Ajnad Al-Sham are now in full control of the Jisr Al-Shughour National Hospital after soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division escaped from the medical facility on Friday morning.
According to a military source in the city of Ariha, the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from the Jisr Al-Shughour National Hospital under the cover of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) and SAA’s Tiger Forces, who bombarded the enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham with a multitude of airstrikes, mortar shells, and rockets.
This fierce bombardment of Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies offensive positions paid dividends for the soldiers of the Syrian Armed Forces that were trying to escape the Jisr Al-Shughour National Hospital via the southwestern perimeter; it was reported that all of the soldiers entrenched inside of the medical facility were able to withdraw safely from the premises.
Conflicting reports on the status of the soldiers have been propagated by both sides, with the social media activists from the Syrian Opposition claiming they captured as many as 65 Syrian Arab Army officers, while the SAA activists maintain that most of the soldiers arrived safely to the Sawmill Checkpoint.
Al-Masdar News has remained in contact with sources in the Idlib Governorate; however, at this moment, the agency cannot confirm or deny any of the alleged news reports from both sides.