Regime forces renew attempts to regain what they lost northeast of Hama and the factions continue their offensive

Areas of contact in the northern countryside of Hama are witnessing continued clashes between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against fighters of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and the rebel and Islamic factions, where the clashes are concentrated in areas in the vicinity of Abu Dali, al-Mshirfah village, Tal al-Maqtaa, Al-Qahera and al-Tlisiyyah, where the regime forces are trying to re-advance and regain control of the areas that are still under the control of the factions -including al-Mshirfah village, and the clashes are accompanied by intense shelling by the regime forces and targeting by the factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, and information about more casualties in the ranks of both parties, where the Syrian Observatory documented in the last few hours the death of about 12 fighters at least of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and its supported factions in the clashes which are taking place in this front since the dawn of Friday the 6th of October 2017, while a number of members of the regime forces were killed in the same clashes, And reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that this battle comes after great preparations by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and the factions, and it also comes to renew the battle of “the last attempt”, which Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and the factions started on the 19th of September 2017, and stopped few days ago after the regime forces managed to recover the areas they lost for the factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham.

It is noteworthy that this battle of the last attempt, comes in an effort by the factions to achieve advancement in the area and take the control of the villages which close the distance between them and the strategic mountain of Zayn Al-Abidin and Hama city, while this battle comes after preparations lasted for days in which Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham intended to tell the citizens in the villages in the far southern countryside of Idlib and the north-eastern countryside of Hama, to leave their houses to avoid the intensive shelling which will be carried out on the area if the operation starts, thus, the area witnessed a displacement movement during the past days to villages far from the areas of this military operation, while Hama province witnessed months ago violent clashes between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, and the rebel and Islamic factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, in which they managed to take the control of a large number of villages and towns, under a cover of intensive shelling, then the regime forces came and retook the control on the whole areas they lost.

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