In a surprise move, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced on August 10 in the southeastern Idlib countryside, capturing the town of Sukayk and its key hilltop.
By advancing in this direction, the SAA is seeking to besiege the remaining militants in northern Hama. The army already imposed fire control on most of the supply routes in the region by capturing Sukayk hill.
Pro-government activists claimed that dozens of fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies were killed and injured in the course of the clashes in northern Hama and southeastern Idlib.
Some sources claimed that the SAA is already advancing towards the town of al-Tamanah in southern Idlib. However, it appears that the army is still working to secure the outskirt of Sukayk.
The upcoming few days could mark the full collapse of the militants’ positions in northern Hama, especially in the towns of al-Lataminah, Kafr Zita and Murak. The fate of a Turkish observation post located within the militants’ enclave remains unclear.