BEIRUT Russian warplanes are using aspect in air strikes against insurgents to support repel a major attack on Syrian federal government-held spots in close proximity to the town of Hama, a Syrian army source claimed on Friday.
Rebel teams spearheaded by jihadist insurgents introduced the attack on Tuesday and have captured at least 11 villages and towns, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-primarily based business that studies on the war.
It marks the biggest attack by rebels in months. While President Bashar al-Assad continue to holds the army upper hand in the war, the rebel gains have demonstrated the challenge experiencing the Syrian army and allied militia as they battle on various fronts.
“Air strikes have now commenced, and there is concentrated artillery firing against the armed teams and the headquarters of their leaders and provide lines, paving the way for the counter-attack,” the army source instructed Reuters. “The Russians are, of study course, collaborating in these raids.”
Rebel teams were being focusing their attack on Friday on the village of Qomhana, some 8 km (five miles), north of Hama town, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman claimed.
An account on the fast-concept services Telegram that is affiliated with the jihadist alliance spearheading the assault, Tahrir al-Sham, claimed a suicide attack experienced been carried out there. The army source claimed the army experienced destroyed two auto bombs that insurgents experienced experimented with to drive towards their positions in Qomhaha, and the attack was thwarted.
The combating has underscored the bleak prospects for a new round of U.N.-led peace talks that are underway in Geneva.
(Reporting by Laila Bassam Writing by Tom Perry Modifying by Larry King)