The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed additional forces in the northern Hama countryside on June 8 and 9 in order to repel the ongoing attack by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies on the region.
Syrian sources said that reinforcements from the Russian-backed 5th Corps, the army’s 3rd and 7th Divisions had arrived in northern Hama. These forces were reportedly armed with heavy weapons, including tanks and armored vehicles.
The government-held part of northern Hama is currently under a fierce attack by HTS, Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda-affiliated factions. The terrorist coalition managed to capture the towns of Jibeen and Tell Meleh. However, the coalition failed to develop its advance further.
In the last two days, the SAA repelled at least three ground attacks by HTS and its allies. Despite their heavy losses, the terrorists are still determined to go on with their attack.
The deployment of these reinforcements indicates that the army is planning to put an end to the terrorists’ hostilities, likely by launching a large counter-attack.