Syria Rebels Make Gains In Major Hama Offensive: Monitor

Syria rebels make gains in major Hama offensive: monitor

BEIRUT, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -1st Sep,2016) - Syrian opposition fighters have seized several areas in a rapid advance against government forces in central Hama province, prompting a wave of regime air strikes, a monitor said Thursday. At least 25 civilians, including children, were killed in the strikes early Thursday as fighting raged in parts of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitoring group said an alliance of rebel and militants forces had launched an offensive on Monday in Hama, which is south of the opposition-held Idlib province.

The alliance, which includes the Jund Al-Aqsa force, is aiming to take control of the airport in Hama, from which regime helicopters fly regular sorties against opposition fighters. "They are about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the airport" in Hama, Syria's fourth-largest city, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on a broad network of sources inside Syria.