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Jaysh al-Ezzah kills 30 members of Syrian government forces in Northern Hama

Editing: Raed Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2018/12/19 08:25

Hama - SMART

On Wednesday, the Jaysh al-Ezzah killed 30 Syrian government forces members in clashes in Northern Hama, Central Syria.

The Jaysh al Ezza is a military faction in the Free Syrian Army. The faction operates mainly in Hama, Central Syria.

Abdulrazak al-Hassan, a media official in the Jaysh al-Ezzah, reported that their fighters attacked the Syrian government forces' checkpoint in the village of al-Masasinah, killing the 30 members.  

Al-Hassan added that the attack was revenge for the Jaysh al-Ezzah fighters who were killed during an attempt by the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian militias to advance to one of its sites in the region. The attack was also in response to the killing of civilians in a Syrian government bombing in Hama, according to al-Hassan.

In his answer to a question by SMART whether the attack violated the ceasefire agreement in the region, al-Hassan said that the Syrian government and its militias never abided by the agreement, and that Jaysh al-Ezzah's attack was in response to the Syrian government's continuous shelling and attempts to advance.

The Heimimim Russian air base said that the Jaysh al-Ezzah fighters killed more than 20 officers and members of the Syrian government forces in their attack in the countryside of Hama.

The attacks followed Syrian government forces' attempts to advance to Jaysh al-Ezzah outposts in Northern Hama on different occasions, killing and injuring fighters of the Jaysh al-Ezzah and members of the Syrian government forces.

The Northern Hama countryside and adjacent Idlib governorate are included in the demilitarization agreement that the Russian and Turkish presidents reached in the Russian city of Sochi, Russia, in September 2018.