On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Umm Haratayn and Qubaybat Abu al-Huda villages in the northern Hama countryside, according to Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The two villages were captured after heavy clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters.
Syrian pro-government sources claimed that the SAA captured 6 tanks, 3 BMP-1 vehicles and other vehicles from HTS during its advance. Moreover, pro-government sources reported that over 80 HTS fighters were killed in Russian airstrikes in the southern Idlib countryside.
Meanwhile, many units from the Tiger Forces were re-deployed from the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside to the northern Hama countryside after the SAA captured of Madan town.
The SAA may plan to launch a military operation to capture the strategic Hama-Aleppo highway. Both Umm Haratayn and Qubaybat Abu al-Huda villages are located on the highway, and this supports these expectations.