BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels launched a new wave of attacks in northwestern Hama on Wednesday, targeting the strategic town of Qal’at Al-Madiq near the Al-Ghaab Plain.
Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels launched a heavy attack on the towns of Kurkat and Mustariyah in a bid to reach nearby Qal’at Al-Madiq. Intense clashes are now ongoing at these two towns.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their Turkish-backed rebel allies have already managed to recapture Kafr Naboudeh from the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday. If they can retake Qal’at Al-Madiq, they will have successfully retake the two most important towns in northwestern Hama.
At this time, the Syrian Army is still trying to recapture Kafr Naboudeh from HTS; however, they have only managed to retake a part of the town. HTS has entrenched themselves deep in the northern part of Kafr Naboudeh, which is now making it hard for the Syrian Army to break through their lines.