Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies have repelled a new attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on al-Katibat al-Mahjura in southeast Idlib.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the army launched an assault on the area in the early hours of December 14. However, the attack was repelled within a few hours.
Al-Katibat al-Mahjura [the abandoned base in Arabic] is a former Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) base, which overlooks HTS-held Umm al-Tinah. HTS captured the base from the SAA earlier this week.
This was the second attempt by the SAA to recapture the base. The first attempt, which took place two days ago, failed due to the fierce resistance of HTS and its allies.
According to the London-based monitoring group, 30 Syrian personnel and 15 militants of HTS and its allies were killed around al-Katibat al-Mahjura in the last few days.
Idlib is witnessing a rain storm. This creates difficulties for Syrian and Russian warplanes that support SAA troops. The weather will improve in the next 24 hours. With air support, the army will likely make another push to recapture the base.