Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and allied members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) repelled an attack of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the Al-Eis town in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, according to opposition sources.
The sources claimed that the SAA shelled Al-Eis town as well as HTS and FSA positions around it with artillery guns and rocket launchers. However, the SAA was unable to enter the town. The sources also added that HTS fighters managed to capture a Syrian soldier.
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No pro-government sources have announced the attack on Al-Eis town and it’s believed that the SAA carried out a limited operation in response to HTS attack in the northern Hama countryside two days ago.
Al-Eis town is one of the most important strategic positions in the southwestern Aleppo countryside. It’s only 25 km away from Al-Fo’a and Kafriya villages in the eastern Idlib countryside which are under HTS siege.
The SAA and Hezbollah captured Al-Eis town on January 13, 2015. However, HTS – the Al-Nusra Front back then – launched a counter-attack and recaptured Al-Eis town on 23 November 2015. Since then, the southwestern Aleppo countryside has been witnessing a complete calm.