Syrian rebels report gains in Hama


Rebels of the Free Syrian Army during clashes with pro-Assad forces in Ghouta area of Damascus countryside. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Thursday, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the allied Islamic Brigades took control of the village of al-Jabin village Hama suburb, central Syria, following clashes with the pro-regime forces, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hama, opposition activist Muhannad al-Barazi said that controlling the village of al-Jabin in the western part of Hama came after fierce battles between the pro-regime forces and rebels of the FSA –backed by Islamic Brigades.

“Several casualties were reported on both sides,” al-Barazi said, without specifying numbers. 

“FSA-regime clashes extended to the areas of Jamleh, Tel Milh in the western countryside of Hama.”

In Damascus, local sources told ARA News that the pro-regime air forces attacked the town of Deir Asafir in the eastern Ghouta with rockets, injuring at least seven civilians, who were transferred to nearby filed hospitals. 

This coincided with clashes between the pro-regime forces and FSA fighters in the outskirts of the town of Deir Asafir.

Yezen Ibrahim, civil rights activist based in Damascus, told ARA News that the pro-Assad warplanes carried out three raids on the neighboring towns of Bala and Zebdin.

“Mortars and ground to ground rockets targeted the two towns launched from pro-regime bases in the town of Hitetet Jarsh.”

“No casualties were reported,” the source said. 

These developments coincided with barrel bombs hitting the city of Zabadani by pro-regime military helicopters.

Zabadani’s attacks were coupled with clashes between the Army of Islam (a rebel faction that works under the umbrella of the Islamic Front) and the pro-regime forces, in the towns of Hosh al-Fara and Taiba in the western suburb of Damascus on Thursday evening.


Reporting b: Jawad al-Ali and Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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