DAMASCUS – The Syrian army forces liberated all areas in southern Idlib, sources close to the military reported. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday that the army troops have had rapid advances in the southern countryside of Idlib and Shahshabou heights as well as Sahl a-Qab in Hama.
It added that the Syrian army seized full control over Shahshabou heights on Thursday, noting that the entire regions in southern Idlib province have been liberated. Also, the Syrian army soldiers could set free Shir Maqar, Qazal square, Hourta, al-Deirouneh, Jaran, Rasha, Shoulin and Kokaba al-Tawilah regions.
The Syrian army forces have recaptured 458sq/km and 1,432sq/km of territories in Aleppo and Idlib, respectively, since the start of their operations against the terrorists in the two provinces on December 19. Only in the past 60 hours, the army troops and their allies have imposed control over 30 towns and villages in the important Jabal al-Zawiyeh region.
The Syrian army soldiers could liberate 5 new regions in southern Idlib on Thursday night. In case of further advance in the region, the terrorists will be surrounded in Jabal al-Zawiyeh. The Syrian army also continued operations in northwestern Hama, regaining control of 11 new regions.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency reported on Wednesday night that the Syrian Araba Army forces recaptured the town of Kafar Awid which is a gate to the Kansafareh city, one of the most important bases of terrorist forces in southern Idlib.
The SAA continued operations in Jabal al-Zawiyeh, retaking control of Karasa’a, Hasaneh, Jabal al-Baraqiti, Tal al-Nabi Taher, Tal al-Sheikh Taha, Tal al-Dou, al-Faqi’e and Tarmala regions and killing and wounding tens of terrorists and making others flee towards Jabal al-Zawiyeh. SAA forces then continued advance in Sahl al-Qab region in northwestern Hama, liberating the towns of al-Hawash and al-Hawijeh.