Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units advancing east of the town of Khan Shaykhun and west of the village of Tar’i met in the afternoon of August 21, effectively placing the remaining militants’ positions in northern Hama under a full siege.
The towns of al-Lataminah, Kafr Zita and Murak, which have been strongholds of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and so-called Jaysh al-Izza for years, are all now under siege.
The Turkish observation post, located south of Murak, was also encircled by SAA units, according to pro-government sources.
In its first reaction to the Syrian military advance, the Turkish Presidency said that all observation posts will remain in their positions in Greater Idlib, without clarifying the fate of Murak’s post.
Earlier, the SAA imposed control of Khan Shaykhun, which is located on a strategic highway linking Damascus with Aleppo.
The SAA is reportedly preparing to storm the militants’ enclave in northern Hama in the upcoming few hours. Most militants managed to withdraw during the last 48 hours. However, some were trapped in.