The Syrian military has started deploying fresh reinforcements to the area of Kafr Nabudah in northwestern Hama. These reinforcements include units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the 4th Armoured Division.
According to pro-government sources, the Syrian military leadership is planning to use these reinforcements in the upcoming military operations in the area. These operations will likely be launched after the expected collapse of the ceasefire agreement in the area.
The shaky ceasefire in northwestern Hama is based on the inability of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its Turkish-backed allies to deliver a military blow to the SAA in the area. Nonetheless, militants will likely resume their offensive efforts after receiving a new batch of supplies from their foreign actors. Even despite the “ceasefire”, sporadic clashes regularly erupt at the contact line between the militant-held and SAA-held areas. The Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces respond to these incidents with strikes on militant infrastructure in the area of Idlib.