In 66 hours…the battle of the north-western countryside of Hama depletes the regime forces and kills about 130 members of them in 3 villages

The violent clashes are still continuing in the north-western countryside of Hama between Jaysh Al-Izza, the factions of the National Liberation Front and other jihadi groups on one hand, against the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them backed by the Russian forces on the other, against the backdrop of the battle that the factions and jihadi groups launched in the area in the afternoon of Thursday the 6th of June 2019, through which they managed to impose their control over the strategic village of Tal Melh as well as the villages of Jibben and Kafr Hud in the battle’s first day, before the regime forces carried out a counter attack and regained the control of Kafr Hud after the factions had withdrawn from it, but they (the regime forces) are unable so far to recover Tal Melh and Jibben, despite the large Russian air and ground support as well as the aerial bombardment by the regime’s warplanes, on their part, the factions did not stop there and on the second day, they carried out an attack on another side, the side of Al-Hmmamiyat, Al-Jalmah and the north of Tal Melh, but they failed at the first time to advance, so they renewed their attack yesterday, Saturday and managed to take the control of large spaces of Al-Jalmah, thus the factions managed to block Al-Suqaylabiyah – Muhradah Highway after imposing their control over Tal Melh and Al-Jalmah.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented in 66 hours of violent battles which are accompanied by aerial and ground bombardment by hundreds of strikes, the death of 228 persons who were killed since the start of the attack by the factions and jihadi groups in Thursday’s afternoon, the 6th of June 2019, in the north-western countryside of Hama, they are: 126 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them who were killed during the battles, shelling, the detonation of a booby-trapped vehicle and destruction of vehicles tanks, and 102 fighters including 42 of the rebel and Islamic factions including Abdul Baset al-Sarout, the commander in Jaysh al-Izza, who were killed in heavy aerial and ground bombardment in addition to the ongoing clashes in the area, while the SOHR has documented more than 1000 airstrikes by the regime’s warplanes and the warplanes of the Russian guarantor since the start of the battle, in addition to more than 4500 exchange ground strikes between the factions and the regime forces.

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