The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have repelled a huge assault of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), Jaish al-Izzah and Jaish al-Naser.
According to local sources, the SAA and the NDF have repelled the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)-led advance on Ma’an and forced militants to retreat from their forward positions.
About 40 militants have been killed during the fighting in northern Hama since the morning, according to reports. Pro-HTS sources blame Turkey and a lack of support from other “moderate opposition” groups for the failure.
Government forces are now working on regaining the lost positions.
On Monday morning, HTS and its allies launched a large advace against the SAA and the NDF in northern Hama, storming government positinos in Ma’an, Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya.
The situation remains unclear in some small settlements, but the main HTS push on Ma’an resulted in a total failure.