TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syria’s army and its allies repelled a major attack by Takfiri militants in the province of Hama, inflicting major losses on them.
Syrian forces repelled an infiltration attempt by terrorist groups near the village of Bredij 7, northeast of the al-Sakilibiya town.
They attempted to infiltrate into Tel Sakher in the northern countryside of Hama, SANA reported.
During the counterattack, the army troops responded with light machineguns, inflicting heavy losses on them in personnel and equipment.
Most of the clashes with terrorists take place near a planned buffer zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.
However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.
Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.
Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.