Syrian Forces Take Manage of Northern Hama Province for Initial Time Considering that 2012

Edward Yeranian – Voice of America


Syrian state media report that government forces now handle all of the northern Hama province for the initial time considering that 2012 and that they have encircled a Turkish military monitoring post in the town of Morek. Turkish President Erdogan says that he will go over the situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet subsequent week.

Supporters of the Syrian government in the country’s fourth biggest city of Hama shot fireworks into the air overnight, following news by state media that the Syrian military had captured all of northern Hama province for the initial time considering that 2012. A Syrian Army spokesman announced the victory more than state Television late Friday.

He mentioned Syrian Army forces have pursued their advance in the north of Hama and the south of Idlib provinces, liquidating armed rebel groups immediately after inflicting heavy casualties on them, and that army forces are intent on continuing operations to liberate all Syrian territory.

Amateur video showed Syrian Army forces encircling a Turkish military monitoring position in the northern Hama town of Morek. Syrian forces did not, nonetheless, attack the Turkish position.

Turkish media reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will protest the Syrian government advance to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Tuesday. Erdogan claims that Damascus has not respected the de-escalation agreement signed in the Russian resort town of Sochi, final year.

A Syrian state Television correspondent in northern Hama reported that the Syrian Army was demining locations it had recaptured from rebel groups and had re-opened a huge stretch of the major highway linking Damascus to Aleppo, which it had recaptured.

A single Syrian Army officer told Syrian state tv the “most important component of recapturing the location was the truth that it permitted a lot of residents of these towns to be capable to return property.”

A lady resident of a town currently beneath government handle was also pleased by the victory:

She mentioned the government victory implies there no longer will be any warning sirens going off and that young children can now play outdoors safely and be capable to return to college.

Nadim Shehadi, executive director of the Lebanese American University Academic Center in New York, told VOA that he does not feel the Syrian government military operation in northern Hama is a “important victory.” He also envisions a sort of stalemate settling more than Syria, like the one particular that prevailed in Iraq among 1991 and 2003, with the nation remaining beneath financial sanctions.

Syrian government analyst Mahmoud Maraie told state Television, nonetheless, that the advance of government forces in Hama was a “big victory,” considering that it “enables the government to take handle of the location for the initial time considering that 2012, defeating many terrorist groups.”

He also claimed that “Turkey did not abide by the Sochi agreement signed in 2018, forcing the Syrian government to come across a military option.”

Damascus insists that Turkey had agreed to quit supporting what it considers terrorist groups in the Idlib and Hama provinces and to let the re-opening of the strategic major highway linking Syria’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.