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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham announces military action north of Hama amid the rejection of people

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Farah Nassif
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Publication date: 2018/07/06 15:51

 Hama-SMART

On Friday Hayat Tahrir al-Sham announced an intention to take military action against the Syrian loyalist forces in northern Hama areas in central Syria, while the people of towns and villages refused to enter into any military operations.

A military source from the "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham" told the "SMART" they gave a maximum of 48 hours to villages adjacent to the control areas of the Syrian government north of Hama to move families outside to protect the safety of civilians as military areas.

The statement said that the military action is a response to the military campaign launched by the loyalist forces in the southern province of Daraa. The statement called on all people who are capable of bearing arms to meet the call and participate in the battles.

While the residents of the towns of Kernbouza and Qalaat al-Madiq and the villages of Jabriya and Tal Hawash and al- Touba refused any military action in the region for fear of displacement and bombing, according to local sources told "SMART".

Local sources pointed out that a delegation of the sons of Hama, visited the village of Kafr Nabouda to convince the people there to open a military was met with a categorical rejection and assault on a member of the delegation.

This comes after a group of factions of the Free Syrian Army who are working in the north of Hama agreed on 30 June 2018 during a conference with revolutionary bodies in the village of Aqrabat (33 kilometers north of Idlib) to form a joint operations room to confront the loyalist forces.

The FSA and the Islamic Battalions have already fought several battles north of Hama, advancing in large areas, but the loyalist forces restored everything they lost before.

In the northern Hama countryside, artillery, missile and air raids are frequent by loyalist forces and Russia, resulting in deaths and injuries of civilians, as well as the mass exodus of towns and villages.