On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces (QSF) further advanced in the southwestern part of the ISIS-held pocket in eastern Hama.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA, the NDF and the QSF liberated the villages of Ruhum, Abu Hawadid and Faw Shawis.
Meanwhile, reports appeared that ISIS counter-attacked against government forces in the area of the Uqayribat town and engaged government troops in an intense fighting in the area.
According to pro-militant sources, ISIS units seized a notable part of Uqayribat and the fighting was ongoing. Pro-government sources deny that ISIS was able to achieve any gains.