In the morning of May 6, the Syrian Army and its allies started an offensive operation to crack down on militants in the northwestern part of Hama province.
According to local sources, army troops liberated the villages of al-Bana, al-Janabira and Tell Ottman and clashed with militants in Mughayr.
The main militant strongpoint in the area is Kafr Nabudah.
On May 3, the army deployed at least 2 TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launchers near the contact line.
On May 4, the Russian military released a statement saying that militant groups led by Hayat Tahir al-Sham are working to create a strike force in southern Idlib.
According to the Russians, there was a real threat that militants may use this strike force to attack government positions. The May 6 operation may be a response to this threat.
The situation is developing.