In the second half of May 13, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its Turkish-backed allies launched a large-scale counter-attack on the advancing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces in northwestern Hama. Militants employed a large number of infantry supported by at least 4 battle tanks and several other armoured vehicles.
According to initial reports, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces delivered a blow to the SAA killing up to 10 soldiers and entered the villages of Hamamiat and Kafr Nabudah. However, they were not able to develop their initial success. The SAA, backed up by Syrian and Russian aircraft, re-groupped and launched a push to take back the previous positions. By May 14, after a series of intense clashes, militants had retreated.
According to pro-government sources, up to 10 pieces of militant military equipment were eliminated. Nonetheless, this number remains unconfirmed.
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