This morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, led by the Tiger Forces, have repelled a counter-attack by members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Ahrar al-Sham and their allied militant groups on SAA positions in the town of Taibat al-Imam in northern Hama.
However, intense clashes continued in the area.
The SAA has captured a mortar site and a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (armoured bulldozer) belonging to HTS militants in the area west of Taibat al-Imam.
From its side, the US-backed Jaish al-Izza claimed that it had destroyed a SAA 37mm artillery piece in Jabourin in the Hama countryside.
Jaish al-Izza and HTS militants shelled civilians in Muharada, Al-Majdal and Qumhana with dozens of Grad rockets. They also targeted the electricity station in Mahrdah and Rahbat Khattab with rockets. But no causalities were reported.
Separately, the Syrian and Russian air forces have destroyed the headquarters of HTS and its arms depots in Al-Lataminah, Al-Shayfuniya and Lahaya, and bombed HTS fortifications in Halafaya.
According to opposition sources, over 15 attack helicopters are participating in the SAA attack in the Hama countryside.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA has sent more reinforcements from the 5th Assault Corps to the northern Hama countryside. The SAA intends to expand its military operation to include the entire area.
Some pro-government sources even speculate that the town of Khan Sheikun in the province of Idlib will become the target of the government forces operation.