Dozens of Assad regime troops have been killed by an anti-Assad raid in northwest Syria.
The guerrilla attack was reportedly carried out on Sunday by the Hurras al-Din faction in the al-Ghab Plain in northern Hama Province. Some attackers were reportedly still withstanding pro-Assad artillery bombardment last night, 14 hours after the initial raid.
#Syria: 10s of casualties among SAA after a violent assault carried today by Horas Al-Din in Ghab Plain (NW. #Hama). Tonight (~14 hours after attack) HaD Inghimasis still resisting entrenched in several positions despite arty bombardment. pic.twitter.com/lWgaljbYD8
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) May 10, 2020
There were also reports of pro-Assad bombing of villages in neighboring southern Idlib Province.
An 11-month Russian-regime offensive seized almost all of northern Hama and parts of southern and eastern Idlib, the last major opposition area in Syria. The advance killed about 2,000 civilians, wounding thousands, and displacing more than 1 million civilians.
On March 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on a ceasefire, effectively partitioning Idlib. About 3 million people live in the opposition portion of the territory, which includes western Aleppo Province.
Despite the ceasefire, regime forces have continued to shell opposition-held villages, claim pro-opposition activists.
Syrian State media does not mention Sunday’s attack. However, the pro-Assad blog Al Masdar, often fed by regime military officials, says more than 30 troops were killed near the town of al-Tanjarah.