The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has recaptured the key town of al-Hamameyat and its hill in northern Hama from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
Citing a military source, Muraselon, a pro-government outlet, reported that the SAA began its counter-attack in the afternoon of July 11. After few hours of heavy shelling, army units were able to impose control of al-Hamameyat’s main hill and later the entire town.
More than 20 militants of HTS and its allies were reportedly killed and dozens others were injuring during the clashes around al-Hamameyat in the last 24 hours.
A coalition of HTS, Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda-affiliated factions captured al-Hamameyat in a rapid attack a day ago only. SAA units withdrew from the town with minimum losses.
While the recapture of al-Hamameyat and its hill is for sure an achievement for the SAA, the next step will be decisive. Another ceasefire could allow HTS and its allies to regroup and launch new attacks. This scenario has repeated itself many times over the last two months.