Syrian Army closing noose around Al-Nusrah in Northern Hama

The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency reported that the Syrian Army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists East of Khan Sheikhoun city in Southern Idlib, and took control of the strategic Taraei town and hilltop.

A military source, meantime, noted that the Syrian Army has taken control of several routes of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Northern Hama and Khan Sheikhoun city towards Northern regions and the government troops are now less than three kilometers away from the city of al-Tamaneh in Southern Idlib.

The source pointed to the Syrian Army’s efforts to lay siege to the terrorist groups in Northern Hama to pave the way for its further advances and connecting those regions to Khan Sheikhoun, and said that the terrorist groups of Northern Hama are escaping the region before the last routes are closed.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV network reported that the Syrian Army took control of the towns of Kafar Zita, al-Tamaneh, Ma’arkabeh, Lahaya, Latmin, Mourek and al-Sayyad in Northern Hama.

The terrorist groups stationed in Northern Hama have maintained their military positions near Mourek observation point in Northern Hama.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, local sources in Khan Sheikhoun reported that the terrorists have fully withdrawn from the town for the fear of being surrounded by the Syrian army.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted the sources as saying on Tuesday that the terrorists, most of them members of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front), have fled the town after the army’s rapid advances in the region.

It added that the militants have withdrawn from regions in Southern Khan Sheikhoun and the towns in Northern Hama, including Kafar Zita, al-Latamineh and Murak, noting that the fate of a Turkish watchtower in Murak is unknown.

At present, the Syrian army forces and their allies are advancing in different districts of Khan Sheikhoun.

On Monday, the Syrian Army managed to enter Khan Sheikhoun after five years.