The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has failed to recapture the key villages of Jibeen and Tell Meleh in northern part of Hama from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies, once again.
HTS’ main news agency said that the terrorist group’s fighters and their comrades from other armed groups repelled a new attack by the Syrian military on the two villages in the morning of June 28.
Some opposition sources claimed that at least 50 Syrian service members were injured or killed in the failed attack. Several military vehicles were also destroyed by anti-tank guided missiles.
Pro-government sources, including the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), reported that the SAA shelled militants’ positions in Jibeen and Tell Meleh. However, no ground operations were mentioned.
Two weeks ago, the SAA launched a similar attack to recapture the two villages, which fell into the hands of HTS and its allies on June 6. The attack ended with a failure, as the militants were able to hold onto their positions.
HTS and its allies took advantage of the repeated ceasefires fortifying their positions in Jibeen and Tell Meleh. The SAA’s poor preparation and lack of proper organization are also to blame for the situation in that area.