At least 102 militants have been killed in the ongoing large-scale attack on the government-held areas in the northern Hama countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on June 9.
According to the London-based monitoring group, 42 of the eliminated militants were members of terrorist groups, such as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its ally Jaysh al-Izza.
A day earlier, Jaysh al-Izza announced that Abdul Baset al-Sarout, a prominent Syrian opposition figure famous as “the singer of the revolution,” was killed while fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The group also acknowledged the death of two other field commanders Mohamad Khaled al-Sab’a and Yasir al-Hilal.
Local sources also revealed that most of HTS fighters, who were killed in northern Hama, were displaced from Daraa, al-Quneitra, Damascus, and Homs last year.
Besides the high death count, HTS and its allies lost loads of equipment. Photos released by the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) show that the terrorist groups had lost an up-armored T-62 main battle tank, an AMB-S armored ambulance and three armored vehicles.
Despite these heavy losses, the militants appear to be determined to go on with their attack in northern Hama, likely due to the lack of a better military option.