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SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCES IN HAMA COUNTRYSIDE AMID REBELS’ RETREAT

DAMASCUS, Syria, - Syrian army wrested control over eight villages and towns, in the countryside of Hama province, in central Syria on Sunday.

The town of Helfaya, which is a strategic one, is among those captured by the Syrian army, during the wide-scale offensive, in the northern countryside of Hama, which led to the killing and injury of hundreds of rebels, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the rebels were retreating in northern Hama, adding that, hundreds of air strikes and relentless shelling targeted the rebels, to push them to withdraw from areas they had stormed in two attacks they waged in late last year, and this Mar.

Securing areas in the northern countryside of Hama is crucial for the Syrian army, due to the strategic location in central Syria, as it protects the vital links between the capital Damascus and the central city of Homs, towards the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus.

It also enables the Syrian army to reach areas, at the entrance of the Raqqa province, and the south-western entrances of Aleppo city.

Source: NAM News Network