Clashes between government troops and members of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)-led militant coalition continued in the vicinity of the Al-Zallaqiyat area north of Halfaya in the northern Hama countryside.
Yesterday, the Hezbollah media wing in Syia announced that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to capture Al-Zallaqiyat village and the nearby hill. However, the area faced a series of HTS-led attempts to regain initiative.
Both sides are now competing for control over several points in the Al-Zallaqiyat area as it had happened in the Ma’ardes village previously.
Jaish al-Izza once again used US-made TOW missiles against SAA military equipment. The group destroyed a BMP-1 in Al-Zallaqiyat and targeted two gatherings of Syrian soldiers in the same area.
Syrian and Russian air force warplanes and Syrian multiple launch rocket systes continued carrying out strikes on HTS, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Izza in Lataminah, Morek, Kafrzita, Al Bweida and Lahaya in northern Hama countryside.
The shelling killed 10 Jaish al-Izza militants during the past 24 hours, according to pro-government sources. The group confirmed 8 casualties.
The clashes of the past two days show that the safe zones agreement does not include the northern Hama countryside.
This means that SAA may continue its operations against HTS (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in the area. In this case, the town of Lataminah remains an obvious target of the possible government advance.