Syria Daily: Shelling and Skirmishes in Northern Hama Province

A man walks through destruction in northern Hama Province in Syria (File)

Shelling and skirmishes have been reported in Syria’s northern Hama Province, breaking a rare quiet period across the country at the end of Ramadan.

Pro-Assad forces reportedly shelled Lataminah in northern Hama on Friday, as people marked the religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

The pro-Assad forces also attacked in northern Daraa Province in southern Syria, killing at least six people as they left Eid al-Fitr prayers in al-Hara and Kafr Shams.

See Syria Daily, June 16: Pro-Assad Shelling Kills 6+ in Northern Daraa Province

On Saturday, pro-Assad outlets said rebels retaliated in northern Hama by striking regime soldiers at a checkpoint with an anti-tank guided missiles.

The reports said at least four troops were killed at Masaneh.

Lataminah and the surrounding area have been held by the opposition since December 2012. It has been subjected to intense bombardment by Russian and regime forces, including incendiary munitions and chemical attacks.

Last week, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Lataminah was attacked with chlorine and sarin nerve agent on March 24 and 25, 2017. The OPCW had previously found that sarin was used in a helicopter assault on March 30.

The area is just outside a de facto protected zone established by Turkish observation posts around Idlib Province and parts of northern Hama and Western Aleppo Provinces.

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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.

8 COMMENTS

      • The perpetrators will be dealt with??? Who the fck are you lol. You starting to look more alike comical Ali. The spokesman of saddam hussein before the US rolled into Baghdad. Gives a break ffs.

        • FSA are practically extinct and these last throes will soon be eradicated, just like most of their collagues.

          And it might be a good idea to avoid the Iraq war Caligola. It’s been 15 years since Dubya declared “mission accomplished” and 15 years later, US forces are still working on it.

          • My reference to the US winning the war vs Saddam is just used to highlight the role of Comical Ali….how can we forget him. You are basically his copy 15 years later.

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