BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Wednesday, rebel forces launched a powerful offensive against Syrian pro-government forces in the northern countryside of Hama province.
The assault involved various militant groups – some of them linked to the Free Syrian Army, others affiliated to Al-Qaeda and at least one faction with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The attack initially saw insurgents seize the towns of Kurnaz and Al-Hamamiyat within an hour or so, however, before any further advances could be made, the Syrian Army and allied pro-government paramilitary groups launched a swift counter-attack that saw both settlements reclaimed before the day ended.
During the counter-attack, the Syrian military made use of its superior firepower, deploying main battle tanks, attack helicopters, warplanes and rocket artillery to break-up attacking rebel concentrations.
Footage source: Russian Federal News Agency