On February 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated the town of al-Eis and the nearby hilltop, achieving another objective of its ongoing military operation.
According to pro-government sources, army units stormed the town and the hilltop in the afternoon and managed to secure them within a few hours. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies didn’t show any serious resistance.
The SAA reached the outskirt of al-Eis earlier after capturing dozens of towns and villages north and west of the town.
Al-Eis’ hilltop overlooks most of the remaining militants’ positions on the M5 highway, that links the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo city. The town also hosts a Turkish observation post that has been besieged by the army, according to pro-government activists.
According to initial information, HTS and its allies are now withdrawing from several towns between al-Eis and the M5 highway. The militants appear to have lost the will to defend their remaining positions in the region.
The SAA and its allies will now move to secure a 25 km strip of the M5 stretching between the ICARDA area north of al-Eis and the al-Rashidin 4 district west of Aleppo city.