In the early hours of August 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed control of the town Madayah and al-Arjahi hilltop, west of it, in the southern Idlib countryside.
According to the pro-government Muraselon news outlet, the SAA was able to secure the town and the hilltop after heavy clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
“The Syrian military has captured the town of Madayah and its western hill [al-Arjahi] after fierce battles with al-Nusra [HTS’ former name] and intense rocket strikes,” the outlet’s report reads.
Madayah and al-Arjahi are located northwest of the key town of Khan Shaykhun, which controls a main highway linking Damascus and Aleppo. The army is likely working to secure its rear before storming the town’s center.