Late on January 8, ISIS terrorists launched a large attack on Syrian government forces in the eastern countryside of Hama.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the terrorists captured a number of positions near the towns of Rahjan and al-Shakusiyah following heavy clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
“19 members of regime forces and loyalists were killed, while 12 members of the Islamic State group were killed,” the London-based monitoring groups said. “The death toll is expected to rise, as some of the injured are in serious condition.”
ISIS cells in the central region launched dozens of attacks against government forces in the last few months. However, this is the first time the terrorists were able to gain some ground.
The SOHR reported that heavy clashes are still ongoing near Rahjan and al-Shakusiyah. SAA troops are fighting to repel ISIS attacks with support from the Syrian Arab Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
In the last 48 hours, more than 130 Syrian and Russian airstrikes hit ISIS terrorists, hideouts and equipment in eastern Hama countryside.
Syrian government forces will likely repel the attack and recapture the lost positions in a few days. Nevertheless, the attack showcases a new dangerous escalation by ISIS cells in the central region. The terrorist group is actively working to re-establish its influence in the region.
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