After more than 60 airstrikes and tens of missiles and shells, the regime forces retake control over entire areas they lost in the offensive of the factions north of Hama
The pace of violence in the northern countryside of Hama declined between the rebel and Islamic factions against the regime forces and their allied militiamen, where the SOHR monitored the regime forces retake control the village of Al-Zallaqiyyat and positions they lost in the attack carried out by the factions at Sunday noon the 17th of December, 2017, through which they managed to control points of the regime forces and Al-Zallaqiyyat village and seize weapons and ammunitions and captive about 5 members of the regime forces and their allied militiamen.
The control operation coincided with heavy airstrikes of warplanes and helicopters, that targeted Al-Lataminah, KafrZitta, Morek, Al-Zallaqiyyat, and Zellin vicinity, Tel Aas, Khan Shaykhun with more than 60 air raids, causing damage and death of 10 children and women and burn injury of others, as a result of fire caused by the bombs dropped on Khan Shaykhun. The clashes also were accompanied by clashes in the past hours, and violent and heavy shelling by the regime forces on the clash areas, while 5 fighters of the factions were killed, there are confirmed information about people killed and injured in the ranks of the regime forces and their allied militiamen.
Sources of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights suggested that that attack aims to achieve an advancement and hold the control of this advancement; in order to keep the regime forces busy and stop their advancement in the northeastern countryside of Hama and in the southeastern countryside of Idlib, after the regime forces were able to control tens of villages and areas in both countryside, they are: al-Hawiyyah, al-Syriatel Hill, Al-Shatib, Al-Zafriyyah, Al-Blil, Um Khazim, Um Trikiyyeh, Rajm al-Ahmar, Al-Musayfirah, Bolas Hill, Al-Shahatiyyah, Al-Mestriha, Jub Abyad, Rasm Abu Mayyal, Rasm Al-Sawwan, Rasm Al-Sawi, Rasm Al-Ahmar, Rasm Al-Tina, Abu Laffah, Al-Mshirfah, Jwi’eid, Hasrat, Khirbat Al-Rahjan, Hasnawi, Mweileh Shamali, Qasr Ali , Qasr Shawi, Tal Mahsar, Al-Rabiaa, Duma, Rabda, Hazem, Arafa, Mrijeb al-Jamlan, Al-Khefyeh, Sham Al Hawa, Al Rahraha, Sarha, Abu Al-Gher and Baghidid.