The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) secured the strategic town of Kafr Nabudah and its surroundings in the northern Hama countryside, a few hours after storming it.
A military source told the Muraselon news outlet that the town was captured in a “surprise” military operation that was launched in the morning of May 26. According to the source, the ground assault was preceded by a large-scale aerial campaign that targeted militants’ positions in the town and their supply routes.
“The Syrian army managed to kill dozens of militants and wounded others during the clashes,” the source added.
Other pro-government sources revealed that at least three militants of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Jays al-Izza were captured inside the town.
HTS, supported by several Turkish-backed factions, imposed control of Kafr Nabudah in a costly attack earlier this week. The Ministry of Defense of Russia said that the terrorist group and its allies lost more than 350 fighters in the course of the attack.
The fall of Kafr Nabudah is a major blow to HTS and its allies, which were planning to develop their operation in northern Hama and go on to recapture the town of Qalaat al-Madiq.