Syria Daily: Pro-Assad Forces Complete Pushback in Northern Hama

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Pro-Assad counter-offensive advances with help of bombing including chlorine and incendiary and thermobaric munitions


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    Pro-Assad forces, supported by intensive Russian and regime airstrikes, completed the rollback of last month’s rebel offensive in northern Hama Province, as they recaptured the town of Souran.

    Most of the rebels withdrew after the pro-Assad ground assault — including Iranian-led militias — moved into Souran, following dozens of strikes since dawn across the area.

    “There was hysterical bombing that targeted the town and the whole area and rebels fought fierce battles until they were forced to pull out,” said a member of the Jaish al-Izza faction.

    Footage of pro-Assad attacks on Sunday:

    The rebel offensive had taken about 25 towns and villages to move within 5 km (3 miles) of both Hama, Syria’s 4th-largest city, and its airport. But the Russian and regime bombing — including chlorine and incendiary munitions, with strikes on vital infrastructure such as hospitals — began to reverse the battle.

    Thermobaric bombs dropped on Latamneh on Sunday and incendiary munitions used overnight:

    The rebels were also hindered between the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham bloc and the leading faction Ahrar al-Sham, which blocked the latter from joining the main assault near Hama city.

    The rebels still hold strategic positions from earlier offensives, such as the town of Morek on the Hama-to-Aleppo highway. They are also holding out against weeks of pro-Assad air and ground attacks on the town of Halfaya.

    The rebels fired scores of rockets on the Hama military airport on Sunday, with videos showing smoke rising from the complex.

    TOP PHOTO: Bombing with incendiary munitions of Latamneh in northern Hama Province


    Pro-Assad Bombing of Hospital in Idlib Province

    Pro-Assad, Russian-made warplanes have bombed another hospital, the Shnan maternity and children’s facility in Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib Province.

    The “double tap” attack, targeting those who responded to the first strike, wounded a White Helmets volunteer and knocked the hospital out of service.

    Russian and regime warplanes have systematically targeted health care facilities and staff, damaging or destroying scores of facilities, especially in northwest Syria.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

11 COMMENTS

  1. #International: Partisangirl gets caught using and then combining old regime photos/videos to smear opposition “Pro-Assadist uses video from Dec 2016 and pretends it’s from the recent Fuah Kafraya attack” – EliotHiggins
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    And to think Amir bought into such garbage. :)
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    #Deraa: “al-Binyan al-Marsus Operations Room have liberated #Manshia district and won victory in the Battle #Death_Over_Humiliation #Daraa City” – badly_xeroxed
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    Wow. Now a push northwards towards Ataman? But as I’ve mentioned before timing such an offensive northwards so it can be done simultaneously with a diversionary attack on Khirbet Al-Ghazalah is the way to go because even if the offensive on Khirbet Al-Ghazalah falls it’ll divert enough regime units (the regime will be more interested maintaining it’s connection/supply-route to the north more then anything) from Deraa that rebels in Deraa will have fewer regime troops to face and capture territory even more quicker.

  2. “But the Russian and regime bombing — including chlorine and incendiary munitions, with strikes on vital infrastructure such as hospitals — began to reverse the battle. “

    Citation, please. If not, please retract.

    • As you follow EA’s coverage closely, I’m sure you noted the series of chlorine attacks on Latamneh in recent weeks, including on an underground hospital, killing a surgeon and his patient on the operating table.

    • The SAA has also dropped the occasional sea mine. Seriously, though, they largely depleted their supply of conventional munitions early in the war, and have been forced to move to cruder “barrel” bombs as a cheaper alternative.

    • They keep dropping unguided bombs and every other garbage they have in their arsenals that´s for sure, but that´s ok for the anti-imperialists (their moral hysteria only applies to US´s weapons).

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