BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Army and national militia forces have taken control of two more towns in the southern countryside of Hama province amid an ongoing reconciliation effort with local residents and rebel fighters.

According to military-affiliated sources, the towns of Al-Hamidyah and Al-Mashiyah were restored to government control this (Tuesday) morning after residents ejected militants from them and asked the Syrian Army to enter.

On Monday, the Syrian Army took control of at least three towns in southern Hama in a fashion completely identical (i.e. without bloodshed) to what has been witnessed today.

According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Jourdeh, more towns and villages across rebel-held areas of southern Hama and northern Homs provinces are expected to return to  government control in the weeks to come as civilians in them are tired of war and want to return to a normal life.

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