Syrian regime forces have encircled a Turkish military observatory near the province of Idlib, in war-torn northwestern Syria, after occupying villages and settlements in the surrounding area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“After controlling the strategic hill of Tal Tar’ei in the southeastern area of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of Idlib; the regime forces were able to advance to al-Khazzanat Checkpoint west of Tal Tar’ei, and they met the forces who were advancing in Khan Shaykhun, and they began the process of demining and going deep in the entire neighborhoods of Khan Shaykhun city, and by that, the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them have been able to completely besiege the remaining fighters in the northern countryside of Hama and the Turkish observation post in Morek city.”
As the state-run Syrian television network Ibarbiya TV has reported, the Syrian army has encircled towns in the Hama countryside and is waging a “suffocating siege”.
Government forces occupied more than ten hills and expanded their control of the main highway in the area, according to a television network broadcast live from the neighboring town of Khan Seihun.
According to the same source, much of the area, which has been under rebel control for years, is now either under military control or within its range of fire.