The Syrian military has deployed additional forces to the area of the rebel offensive in Hama province. About it reports Reuters, citing a source in the leadership of the Syrian armed forces.
The operation of militants in Hama began on the morning of Wednesday, March 22. It is conducted jointly parts of the free Syrian army (FSA), which in the West as “moderate rebels,” and “Tahrir al-sham”, formerly known as “Jabhat EN-Nusra” — branch of “al-Qaeda” in Syria.
The purpose of the “spring offensive” is to establish control over the towns of Souran and Khattab. According to the representative of the FSA, fighters have been preparing for this attack, accumulating reserves. At the point of attack are the forces of “Tahrir al-sham”.
Province of Hama — one of the strongholds of the rebels. In 1982, they broke out the uprising of the Islamists under the leadership of the organization “Muslim brotherhood”, brutally suppressed the forces of President Hafez al-Assad. In 2011, the province once again became the center of anti-government rebellion that led to civil war. On the territory of Hama has various militant groups, most of which adhere to radical Islamist ideology.