Rebels attack Syrian forces, kill 6 in central region
At least six Syrian government forces were killed Wednesday when the rebels launched a surprise attack in the central province of Hama, a war monitor reported.
A rebel group with previous affiliation to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) launched an attack at dawn Wednesday in the al-Ghab Plains area, clashing with the Syrian forces after sneaking into the targeted area, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The UK-based watchdog group said three of the rebels were killed in the clashes as one rebel detonated his explosive belt.
The death toll from both sides is expected to rise due to the number of critically wounded fighters.
Earlier this week, the rebels in Hama countryside also carried out a similar attack, during which 26 Syrian soldiers were killed, according to the Observatory.
The targeted area is included in the de-escalation zones’ deal sponsored by Turkey and Russia last September.
The deal is not holding up well amid violation from the rebel side amid opposition reports that the army is also targeting the rebels’ positions in Hama countryside and in Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.