FSA rebels seize areas in Syria’s Hama after clashes with pro-Assad forces

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Rebel fighters carry heavy weapons as they prepare to fight against Syrian regime forces in the village of Kurnaz, close to the western city of Hama. File photo

ARA News Aleppo, Syria – Opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) seized on Thursday two of the regime-held checkpoints in the vicinity of Mihardeh city in the western countryside of Hama in central Syria, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Mohammed Barazi, media activist from the city of Hama, reported that FSA fighters supported by Islamic battalions took control of the regime-held checkpoints of Bijo and Majdal in the vicinity of Mihardeh city.

“The FSA domination over these areas came after clashes with pro-Assad army forces,” Barazi said. “A number of pro-Assad fighters were killed and dozens others injured during the clashes; the fact which led the remaining regime soldiers to withdraw, leaving their checkpoints to the FSA rebels.”

Fighters of the FSA seized weapons and ammunition left behind by the pro-Assad forces at Bijo and Majdal checkpoints. The rebels also destroyed military vehicles and a tank belonging to the regime army forces nrt Mihardeh on Wednesday.

On Thursday, rebels’ operations continued as they forced the pro-Assad military to withdraw from several areas in northern Hama, including Kurnaz, Hammamiyat, Bredij and Sheikh Hadeed towards al-Siqelabiya city.

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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