On February 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Tiger Forces captured 41 villages in the northeastern Hama countryside pocket from ISIS, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The media outlet said that government forces had got a full control over the following villages:
Rasm al-Suf, Sbakh, Akhu Hassan, A’lis, Ra’al, Lariha, Tell Fa, Khurbat Huish, al-Sakhriyah, Jub Mohammad, al-Jasim, Khurbat Khaluf, Abyan, Tell al-Swan, Azizah, Jininah, Jib al-Sukar, al-Hanin, al-Khatabiyah, Abu Mahalah, Jib al-Huntah, al-Qanater, Jadidah, Abu Habayah, Marami Bani Hilal, Umm Zhemk, al-Baydah, Faydah, Mutustiyah, Aqlah, Mushyrfah, Maksar Sharqi, Aby al-Qanat, Abu Sawaya Qalat al-Huways, Abbysan, Jabal Abbysan, Rasm al-Khala, Jdaidah, al-Khafiyah, Abu Hamaf, Tibarat Azeb, Andren, Jib al-Safa, Ablah.
The Hezbollah media wing added that over 50% of the northern Hama countryside pocket had been successfully secured by the SAA and its allies over the last two days. However, dozens of villages in the southern and eastern parts of the pocket are still under the ISIS control.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS fighters had killed 7 soldiers of the SAA during clashes north of the town of al-Sa’an in northeastern Hama. Moreover, ISIS fighters destroyed a tank of the SAA with an ATGM, according to the ISIS-linked agency.
The SAA has notable chances to eliminate the remaining ISIS fighters in the northeastern Hama countryside pocket soon as they are low in numbers and poorly armed.