On August 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery and rocket launchers shelled several positions of the militants in the villages and towns of al-Jnabirah, Arbain, al-Zakah, al-Ziyarah and Zayzun in the northern Hama countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
As a result of the shelling, many militants were killed, including “Taiser Ahmad al-Eis,” a fighter of the newly formed National Front for Liberation (NFL).
The shelling is a clear response to the failed attack of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the area of Zilaqiat, which occurred a day earlier. According to the SANA, the SAA repelled the attack after killing and injuring several militants.
These repeated violation of the de-escalation zone in the northern Hama countryside may force the SAA and its allies to launch a military operation to secure the region. Earlier this year, Turkey established several observation posts in northern Hama, but it failed to put an end to these violations.