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Syrian Army Conducting Fierce Fighting With Militants in Hama Province - Reports

© AFP 2021 / Anas AL-dyabThis picture taken on May 22, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising from the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province.
This picture taken on May 22, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising from the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian Armed Forces are engaged in heavy fighting against militants near Kafr Nabudah in the country's province of Hama, Syria's state television reported on Wednesday.

Syrian aircraft are attacking terrorist positions near the al-Khubeit settlement, near Kafr Nabudah, al-Hwaiz and al-Hamamiyat settlements, the Ikhbariya channel reported. Militant firing points in the town of al-Latmana in Hama province were also hit by military strikes.

The channel reported that heavy fighting between the Syrian military and militant formations was taking place near Kafr Nabudah.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Defence Ministry reported that Syrian government troops repelled three attacks that involved up to 500 militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.

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According to the ministry, Nusra terrorists have been carrying out massive attacks on Syrian troops using military hardware and multiple launch rocket systems in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone since the evening of 21 May.

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The Idlib de-escalation zone remains the last major stronghold for terrorists and armed rebels in Syria. In September 2018, the guarantors of the ceasefire, Russia and Turkey, agreed to set up a 9-12 mile deep demilitarized zone in Idlib, which would be cleared of heavy weapons and militants.

Despite progress in the withdrawal of weapons and fighters from the area, remaining militants regularly commit ceasefire violations by shelling nearby provinces.

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The armed conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. Victory over the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria was announced in late 2017. Operations against militants continue in some areas of Syria.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS), Jabhat al-Nusra are terrorist organizations banned in Russia and many other countries.

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