Syrian opposition forces capture strategic town of Halfaya

Published August 30th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
A Syrian rescue worker carries children in the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo after regime aircrafts reportedly dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on August 27, 2016. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
A Syrian rescue worker carries children in the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo after regime aircrafts reportedly dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on August 27, 2016. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)

Syrian rebels are said to have captured a strategic town in northern Hama province.

Launched by the hardline Islamist group Jund al-Aqsa and other brigades, the major offensive to storm Halfaya is said to threaten a number of nearby towns loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Rebels managed to overrun army and pro-government checkpoints to reach Halfaya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. It lies near a main road linking coastal areas with the Aleppo-Damascus highway, potentially connecting the rebels with extremist fighters in the northernmost city.

“We have been able to gain control over the towns of Halfaya, Al Masasneh and several barricades in the surrounding area. We will continue to work until we reach the Hama military airport, so that we will be able to protect Hama province and to help the Mujahideen in Aleppo,” said Field Commander Abu Jaafar of the Abna’ al Sham brigade.

According to a Syrian military source, army airstrikes killed dozens of rebels. No confirmation was given of whether or not the town had fallen to rebels. However, pro-Assad websites report reinforcements are being sent to take back control of the area.


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