The strategic town of Kafr Nabudah in the northern Hama countryside has fallen into the hands of Hay’at Tahrir al-Shame (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies, once again.
In the noon of May 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdrew from the town after more than 12 hours of heavy clashes, during which several waves of attacks by HTS were repelled. The army is currently holding onto its remaining positions in the town’s vicinity.
HTS’ news network Iba’a released a video from Kafr Nabudah showing several destroyed battle tanks and vehicles. The terrorist group claimed that 50 Syrian soldiers and officers were killed in the town.
Pro-government activists claimed that the withdrawal decision was taken due to the lack of Russian air-support. Earlier, some sources reported that the Russian Aerospace Forces were taken part in the battle.
The recent developments around Idlib, including the temporary ceasefire, suggest that the SAA will not attempt to recapture Kafr Nabudah. This would represent a rare achievement for HTS and its allies.