Syrian army stopped militant counterattack in Hama

According to the data of our correspondents who are now on the front line, the offensive of jihadists was undertaken more with the goal of public relations, delaying and depleting the offensive potential of the Syrians, rather than with the goal of some real advancement. The positions taken yesterday had weak fortifications, and the number of  personnel and the quality of the fighters left much to be desired.

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Syrian army stopped militant counterattack in northern Hama province

The Syrian army and allied formations stopped the offensive of the militants of the Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham organization banned in Russia and the moderate opposition groups allied to it in the area of ​​the city of Kernaz in the northern province of Hama.

Reportedly, the Syrian army was also able to repel the settlements of Kafr Yahud and Jibin, as well as the height of Tel Malach, taken earlier at night by the “opposition” militants. During these battles, the militants said that they managed to knock out the Su-22 fighter-bomber of the SAA Air Force, but these reports did not receive any clear confirmation.

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Today, the militants announced the beginning of a new phase of their operation, striking the same place where it was last time, namely in the area of ​​the city of Kernaz, but the units of the Tiger Force broke up militant groups that broke through the contact line and tried to penetrate into small groups city. Most of them were destroyed, but three surrendered to Syrian soldiers.

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The similar outcome of the militants that had broken through broke the plans for the storming of the city of Kernaz by the forces of the “opposition” assault groups. Militant armored vehicles columns were about to enter after the bursting groups consolidated in it, but they were destroyed, and the columns themselves met with serious resistance and stopped, however their carbombs were blown up on the approaches to Kernaz.

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The losses of the militants of various “moderate opposition” groups are estimated at more than 20 people, and for the entire attempt to capture the city of Kernaz approximately 40 militants were killed, including several field commanders.

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According to the data of our correspondents who are now on the front line, the offensive of jihadists was undertaken more with the goal of public relations, delaying and depleting the offensive potential of the Syrians, rather than with the goal of some real advancement. The positions taken yesterday had weak fortifications, and the number of  personnel and the quality of the fighters left much to be desired.

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Earlier in the afternoon, the jihadists launched another major counter-attack, taking several small settlements, including Kafr Yahud, Jibin, Hammiyat and the height of Tel Malach in northern Hama province.

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Recall that on May 6, the Syrian army, with the support of Russian aviation, after a long preparation, launched an operation in the north of the province of Hama, with the aim of clearing the junction of the provinces of Hama, Latakia and Idlib from the Hayat Tahir al-Sham and allied groups of “moderate Oppositions, from where they violated the de-escalation regime, carrying out raids on the positions of the Syrian army and even conducted attempts to bombard the Russian Khmeimim air base in the province of Latakia. The very first days of the offensive were successful in the province of Hama, where the cities of Kafr Nabud, Tunah and Qal’at al-Mudik were occupied, as well as a number of other strategically important heights and settlements. But by May 16, the Syrian army had rested against the defensive lines of the militants of the “moderate opposition”, and they themselves began to strike, in order to bleed the Syrian army.

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