Heavy clashes are underway between the Syrian army and Takfiri militants near the western city of Hama where about 2,200 terrorists have been killed in less than a week, the official SANA news agency says.
Those killed in six days of counter-terrorism operations in the northern countryside of Hama were members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, the news agency reported Thursday.
During the offensive, army units, backed by the air force, carried out strikes on the positions of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists and their affiliates in the area.
There were a number of senior militant commanders among those killed. It was also reported that the Syrian soldiers had retaken the Arza town as well as Bazam, al-Samsam and al-Shaihat Hills in the city’s suburbs.
On Friday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian armed forces have retaken 16 villages briefly lost to militants last week.
The operations are being backed up by Russian airpower. Due to their brutality, the Takfiris were excluded from an all-Syria ceasefire agreement, which has been in place since last December.—Agencies