Militants killed 18 soldiers and officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in a new attack on the town of Atshan in the northern Hama countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 25.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the hit and run attack targeted several positions of the army around Atshan. At least 6 of the attackers were killed during the clashes in the town’s outskirt.
The “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room, a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, claimed responsibility for the attack. The coalition is led by Horas al-Din and it is known for being a close ally of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
The northern Hama countryside didn’t witness any major attacks last week, as both sides were working to reinforce their positions in the region.
The new attack will likely encourage the SAA to resume its ground operations in northern Hama, as HTS and its allies are clearly not willing to halt their operations.