The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed its advance in the northern Lattakia countryside on May 17 imposing control of several points in the al-Zuiyqat mount and point 1154 near the strategic Kurd mount.
Syrian pro-government activists said that the army killed more than 50 terrorists of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) while advancing.
This new push was facilitated by intense shelling on key positions of HTS and its allies in the 112 and 125 hills south of Kabani. The strategic town is the main target of the SAA’s ongoing operation in northern Lattakia, which was launched on May 8.
In the last few days, HTS repelled two attacks by the SAA on its positions south of Kabani, killing and injuring several Syrian soldiers and officers.
A source in the army’s 4th Division, which is leading the military operation in northern Lattakia, told SouthFront that the remaining HTS positions south of Kabani may collapse in the upcoming few days. However, he said that the terrorists fighting there are determined to hold onto their positions.