More than 150 civilians have been displaced from their homes in the northern countryside of Hama following the rapid advances of Assad’s forces in the region, bearing in mind that they are still advancing towards the southeastern countryside of Idlib, raising concerning about the occurrence of new waves of displacement in the area.
The Assad’s forces offensive has been ongoing for about two months now. In the beginning, they attacked the northern countryside of Hama from the Hamra area during which they made substantial gains as the military factions, mainly HTS, did not fight at that front the way it should be. The latter is mainly focused on eliminating the remaining factions and taking control over public facilities, as well as interfering with the affairs of civilians in most areas in the countryside of Idlib adjacent to Hama and western Aleppo.
Because the advancement of Assad’s forces is now eminent, more information are being leaked, some which considered the ongoing advances of the Assad’s regime are merely the result of the Astana agreements, while other interpreted them by claiming that the offensive is being supported by the forces of Ahmed Darwhish in order to recapture to the town of Abu Dali. Ahmed Darwish is a former official of the People Council and a tribal dignitarie of the tribes in the northern countryside of Hama. He formed a militia to support the Soqor Al-Sahra Forces who are led by Shuheil Al Hassan.
Assad’s forces captured Abu Dali and advanced towards Sinjar in the northern countryside of Hama amidst no resistance from the military factions. During these advances, it became clear to some that Ahmed Darwish had the intention to capture the area west of the Qitar Abu Al-Duhur because it has a tribal structure, meaning that he can easily control it. In response, some pro-revolution tribal leaders announced the formation of the free tribal army, which has not had any practical effects so far.
Assad’s forces continued their advances towards Sinjar amidst heavy airstrikes against the area, including Jarhanar city west of Sinjar and areas in the northern countryside of Saraqib, which displaced many civilians from the previously mentioned areas.
At the current time, Assad’s forces are encircling Sinjar from three directions and the fally of the city remains a matter of time, according to local sources of Idlib24.
Heavy clashes between HTS, who were backed by the Jaysh Al Nassr, and Assad’s forces only broke out in the Abu Dali area, in the northeastern countryside of Hama.
The current military situation has pushed activists to appeal to the remaining factions to repel advancing Assad’s forces. However, the situation has not changed so far. The reinforcement which were deployed to defensive lines in the Tamanaa and Murik area were aimed at impeding the advances of Assad’s forces in west of the area. But, after it was captured by the regime, the locals have launched counter attacks to repel the advancing force, according to activists.