Syrian regime forces captured a key Hama village, the military command announced on Wednesday, after it relaunched its offensive on opposition areas of northwestern Syria over the weekend.
Pro-Damascus forces captured Arbaeen on Tuesday night, the Syrian Central Military Media said in a statement, moving closer to the key town of Kfar Zeita, which borders Hama and Idlib provinces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed that Bashar al-Assad’s forces had captured Arbaeen and “regime forces are at the gates” of Kfar Zeita.
Syria’s Idlib and northern Hama provinces have been hit by constant bombing since the regime and Russia launched an offensive to capture rebel territories in April.
On Thursday, the Syrian regime announced a ceasefire covering the Idlib region, if rebels pulled heavy weaponry from a demilitarised zone.
On Monday, the regime announced it was scrapping the truce and resumed bombing of Idlib.
Idlib health department’s deputy director Mustafa al-Ido said Thursday that saying 12 hospitals in the region were now out of service due to Russian and Syria bombing.
The UN has become more vocal in its criticism of the Russian and regime targeting of medical centres.
Around 800 civilians in Idlib have been killed in the assault, while the area is at risk of a major humanitarian crisis.
The Syrian regime have announced numerous truces throughout the war but have been frequently broken.