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Regime Forces Advance in Countryside of Hama

Regime Forces Advance in Countryside of Hama

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 12:15
Syrian regime forces enter opposition strongholds in Hama (EPA)
Damascus, Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat

Syrian regime forces have announced advancing in the northwestern countryside of Hama and controlling al-Hawiz town after fierce fights with opposition factions that control the area, most notably the Nusra Front.

Pro-regime Tiger Forces, backed by Russian air forces, have progressed towards Hamra and nearby al-Shirai air base.

They entered Hawiz town following an operation that has begun on Tuesday night targeting the front lines of Nusra Front, which is considered among the most prominent armed factions in the northern Hama and northwestern Lattakia.

Fifteen civilians were killed in a bombardment exchange between regime forces and opposition factions on Tuesday evening.

“Armed terrorist groups targeted the Neirab refugee camp in Aleppo with a number of rockets, killing six civilians, including two children, and injuring 14 others,” said a military source in the regime.

In addition to that, nine civilians were killed in airstrikes by regime forces on areas in Idlib province and in the north of Hama, including seven killed in the city of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib, according to opposition media sources.

Regime forces, backed by a Russian air force, Iranian militias and Lebanese Hezbollah have begun a large-scale military campaign on the outskirts of Idlib province since mid-April.

Since the beginning of May, the military offensive has displaced more than 180,000 people, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

It was reported that the regime forces targeted Wednesday sites and towns in Idlib countryside in the northern countryside of Hama.

Assad's Baath Party announced the death of Leader of the opposition factions Mohammed Jassim al-Qado and his entire group in the vicinity of the village of al-Hawiz.

A source in the Syrian opposition’s civil defense told the German news agency that seven died and more than 25 were wounded in the air bombardment over various towns in countrysides of Idlib and Hama amid moving the displaced from those areas towards the northern countryside of Idlib.

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