BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – A military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite 4th Armored Division provided details into the latter’s ambush of rebel fighters in northern Hama last night.
Speaking to Al-Masdar from the Hama Governorate, the military source said that the 4th Division’s Special Mission Forces were tasked with sneaking behind the
The Special Mission Forces managed to slip behind the lines of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Al-‘Izza faction, making their way to the group’s camp on Thursday night.
Once they were in position, the Special Mission Forces opened fire on the Jaysh Al-‘Izza fighters, killing at least ten of them instantly.
A fierce battle would ensue for a short period of tiime between Jaysh Al-Izza and the Special Mission Forces; this resulted in the death of 4 soldiers and 21 rebel fighters (2 commanderrs.
Furthermore, over 25 fighters were wounded and two other members of Jaysh Al-‘Izza surrendered themselves to the Syrian Arab Army; they were later moved back across the government’s lines.
The Special Mission Forces completed the ambush on Friday morning and safely made it back to their lines before Jaysh Al-‘Izza reinforcements could arrive.
This latest attack is considered the Syrian Army’s deadliest assault against the rebel forces in the last six months.