المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

ISIS exploits the intensive shelling and the advancement of the regime forces in Idlib countryside and attacks Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham-held areas north-east of Hama

Violent fighting is taking place between Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham against the “Islamic State” organization, in areas in the north-eastern countryside of Hama, following a violent attack by the organization since this morning the 5th of January 2018, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored concentrating the attack by the organization to the north of its controlled areas, in an attempt to reach the south-eastern countryside of Idlib, and find a place where it can be located in the province which it was expelled from more than 4 years ago, in conjunction with the advancement of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them, towards Sinjar area and the eastern section of Idlib countryside.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from a number of reliable sources that the organization exploits the bad weather and involving Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in its clashes against the regime forces backed by armed militiamen loyal to them of Syrian, Arab and Asian nationalities, even in the north-eastern countryside of Hama or the south-eastern countryside of Idlib, to attack the controlled areas of Tahrir al-Sham and impose their control over more villages, after they managed since the start of its attack on the 9th of October 2017, to take the control of the villages of Rasm Al-Hamam, Al-Wabid Al-Qebli, Mwalah Abu Hadib, Abu Ajwa, Anbaz, Mwalih Swarna Abu Haya, Rasm Al-Ahmar, Abu Hilal, Abu Hariq, Abu Al-Kusor, Ma’asran, Al-Athshan, Abyan, Jub Zariq, Al-Shiha, Surouj, Alia, Abu Maru, Abu Al-Khanadeq, Al-Wastiya, Samiriya, Rasm Al-Skaf, Janat Al-Swarna, Twal Al-Dabagheen, Jadida, and Talhan.

These clashes were accompanied by intensive exchange of targeting in the clash areas between the both parties, and information about casualties in the ranks of the both parties, as a result of the violent attack which enabled the organization to achieve advancement in positions located in the area of ceasefire between each others used to be controlled by Tahrir Al-Sham, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past 4 weeks, a continuous efforts by the organization to in an attempt to advance at the expense of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and find a space to be located and control inside Idlib province, and the SOHR also monitored that the organization managed through its attack on the 9th of December 2017, to take the control of the villages of Rasm Al-Hamam, Hwais Um Al-Jurn and Hwais Abu Hadib, after the warplanes that bombed Hama countryside, targeted several positions of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in the clash fronts with the organization, and ISIS continue its attack towards the village of Al-Kahlidiya in the northeastern countryside of Hama, and Bashkon village located in the administrative borders of Idlib, while Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham regained the control of the villages of Hwais Um al-Jurn and Hwais Abu Hadib.

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