BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:13 A.M.) – The Syrian Army, backed up by local pro-government forces and Russian airstrikes, has repelled a powerful offensive operation by armed rebel groups in the northern countryside of Hama province.

In the operation that was, militants attacked Syrian Army positions at the villages of Al-Hamamiyat and Al-Mugha’ir near the large town of Kernaz with artillery and several storming attempts involving hundreds of fighters.

However, insurgents would fail to break even the first line of government defenses, instead getting tangled in a bog of cross-covering machine gun fire, pre-dialed artillery fire and airstrikes.

The offensive ultimately failed within just two hours of beginning with Syrian Army artillery and Russian airstrikes continuing to target militants as they retreated from the battlefield.

According to sources, well over two dozen rebels were killed in the forlorn attack – about half near the frontline and the other half due to airstrikes and shelling against rear bases and mobilization points.

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