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Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Violates Another Ceasefire, Launches New Attack In Northwestern Hama

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Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Violates Another Ceasefire, Launches New Attack In Northwestern Hama

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies launched a large-scale attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northwestern Hama a few hours after the announcement of a new temporary ceasefire in the region.

The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and several al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are reportedly supporting the ongoing attack, which is targeting the town of al-Hwaiz. The SAA captured the town earlier this month.

Pro-government sources announced a 48-hour ceasefire in the morning of May 31, a few hours before the beginning of the HTS-led attack, which forced the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces to resume their airstrikes.

HTS supporters are claiming that the terrorist group’s fighters have successfully stormed al-Hwaiz, after breaching the SAA’s defenses around the town. However, pro-government activists are still denying these claims.

Earlier this month, HTS and its Turkish-backed allies sabotaged a similar ceasefire by resuming their rocket attacks on Hmeimim airbase, and went on to launch a ground offensive in northern Hama.

Despite these repeated violations, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said earlier that a ceasefire in Idlib is “necessary,” holding Turkey the responsibility of ceasing hostile attacks from the militants’ side.

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