The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stormed the area of Sheikh Sultan in the northwestern Hama countryside in the noon of May 16, according to pro-government sources.
Despite entering Sheikh Sultan, the SAA has not secured it yet. Militants from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies are reportedly still occupying key positions in the area and in its vicinity.
Warplanes and attack helicopters of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces supported the SAA operations carrying out a series of airstrikes on militant positions in northern Hama and southern Idlib.
A day earlier, the SAA secured the town of al-Huwayz and its surroundings after more than 48 hours of heavy clashes with HTS and its allies.
The army will likely secure Sheikh Sultan in the upcoming few hours. The intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes have already weakened the remaining HTS defenses around the area.