المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Despite the intensity of aerial bombardment, the regime forces fail to hold control of the sites they advanced to in the northeastern countryside of Hama

Hama Province, the Syrian Observatory for human Rights: the Syrian Observatory learned that the violent clashes are still taking place in the northeastern countryside of Hama between fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions and Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham against members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, after the continuation of hit-and-run clashes between both parties, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a member of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham blew himself up using an explosive belt in Tal Khazim area, where he targeted a gathering of the regime forces when he was able to reach the area  where the regime forces had advanced to, and this is considered the 5th round the regime forces carry out to advance in the northern countryside of Hama, where in the first round they took control of the Syriatel Hill and al-Zafriyyah and they were restored by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and the factions, and in the second round they took control of points in al-Mshirfah and were also recovered by the faction and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, and in the third, fourth and fifth rounds they advanced in points in the vicinity of al-Shakuziyyeh, Tal Khazim and Sarha, and the factions were able to recover most of them, were the clashes are still concentrated in Sarha village and in the vicinity of al-Shakuziyyeh and Abu al-Ezz villages.

These violent clashes were accompanied by violent and intense raids targeted areas controlled by the faction and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in the northeastern countryside of Hama, where the warplane carried out tens of airstrikes on these areas, trying to advance and secure a cover for the ground forces who failed in five rounds of attacks they carried out to hold the control of these areas, and the clash have caused confirmed casualties in the ranks of both parties, and the Syrian observatory published hours ago that the violent fighting has been continuing since this dawn the 5th of November 2017, in the north-eastern countryside of Hama, and the clashes are concentrated in Abu Dali area and the areas of Sarha Al-Qibliyah and Abul Gor as well as Al-Rahjan area which is the hometown of the Minister of Defense of the regime Fahd Jassem al-Freij, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the regime forces managed to achieve advancement in the areas of Sarha and Abul Gor, as well as advancing in Abu Dali village.

This violent fighting is accompanied by escalated shelling by the warplanes and helicopters, which targeted Abu Dali and Al-Mshirfah villages as well as other villages and areas related to Al-Hamra Township and north-eastern countryside of Hama, as the regime forces are seeking through intensive shelling, to hold their control on the areas where they advanced, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday the 4th of November 2017, that military operations continue in the northeastern countryside of Hama for the second week, since the regime forces began on the 22nd of October a preliminary ground operation, which has started two days later, to ignite the fighting in new front between the regime forces backed by their allied militiamen against Hayaat Tahir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza and the rebel and Islamic factions, where the SOHR monitored violent clashes is taking place since hours in the areas of Abu Dali and Al-Shakuzia, in conjunction with heavy aerial and artillery shelling following the regime forces attempt to retake control over the two villages.

These violent and ongoing clashes began after two days of preparation by the regime forces, through heavy shelling of tens of missiles and shells, and bombardment by warplanes and tens of airstrikes on the areas controlled by ISIS, located between the areas controlled by the regime forces and the areas controlled by Tahrir Al-Sham, and the regime forces amanegd to infilitrate to the areas controlled by ISIS, and reach Jub Abyad area and began on the 24th of October threir fight against Tahrir Al-Sham, where hit-and-run battles and ex exchange of control operations and counter attacks took place between both parties. These battles coincided with hundreds of airstrikes on Tahrir Al-Sham-held areas, where there was at least 500 airstrikes on villages and areas controlled by the factions and Tahrir Al-Sham, and the ongoing fighting, which lasts until today the 4th of Novemebr 2017 and has been concentrating in several main points like Abu Dali, Al-Shakuzia, and Al-Rahjan, the hometown of the Defense Minister of Bashar Al-Assad regime, Fahd Jasem Al-Farej, which became out of the control by the regime forces in the mid of July 2014, where Nusra front (Al-Qaeda organization in the Levant), cause more displacement of civilians from villages located in the northeastern countryside of Hama, where the displaced reached about 40 thousand civilians, where the clashes caused more human losses in the ranks of the regime forces, the factions and Tahrir Al-Sham, where at least 109 members and fighters were killed, including at least 46 members of the regime forces and their allied militiamen, and tens of both parties were injured with different degrees of severity, and the regime forces managed through these operations to control the village of Al-shahtaya, Joeyad, and Jub Abyad, and there is information about an attack, through which they failed to advance and maintain the sites they advanced to in the northeastern countryside of Hama.

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