Early on November 24, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its ground operation in southeast Idlib, launching a fierce attack on the town of Misherfah.
Army units stormed the town within a few hours and managed to fully secure it following heavy clashes with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkish-Backed National Front for Liberation (NFL).
HTS and the NFL launched a counter-attack to recapture the town. However, the attempt failed, with the two groups sustaining more losses.
Several militants of HTS and the NFL were reportedly killed or injured while attempting to hold onto their positions in Misherfah.
Earlier this week, the SAA stormed the town. However, a counter-attack by HTS and the NFL forced army units to withdraw within a few hours.
The SAA may advance further in southeast Idlib in the upcoming few hours. Russian and Syrian warplanes are already conducting airstrikes on several towns in the region.