Surrounded since Jaysh al-Fatah stormed Idlib province in March, the government-held villages Fu’ah and Kafraya have fallen further and further behind opposition lines. Loyalist troops have remained garrisoned, supplied by air drops. In response to an ongoing government offensive in Zabadani, rebel groups ramped up operations against the two encircled towns on July 15, 2015.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) July 28, 2015
Meanwhile, the flat open terrain of al- Ghab plain changed hands often. Tal Wassit, Frikka and Zeyzoun power plant became major points of contention as Jaysh al- Fatah worked to dislodge the remaining government forces from Idlib governorate.
— IUCA (@IUCAnalysts) August 1, 2015
— Islamic World News (@Amin_Akh) August 7, 2015
— IUCA (@IUCAnalysts) August 8, 2015
SAA tank cooks off after being struck by TOW missile.
The rebel advance threatens the government-held coastal city of Latakia, a bastion of loyalist support. SAA and NDF fighters remain dug in at Joureen.
— IUCA (@IUCAnalysts) August 9, 2015
On Monday, Aug. 10, Jaysh al- Fatah advanced on the encircled towns following a tunnel bomb recorded by opposition media.
The same day, Colonel Suheil Al Hassan appeared on video en route to al- Ghab plain after being reported injured.
Another assault commenced at Fu’ah on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Aug. 12, a ceasefire was reached. Syrian government and Hezbollah forces in Zabadani halted their attack. In Fu’ah and Kafraya, the shelling stopped.
Quiet on the Fu’ah front lines.
— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) August 12, 2015
— IraqiSuryani (@IraqiSuryani1) August 12, 2015
The peace did not last. An Ahrar al-Sham spokesman said the group would not accept “forced sectarian migration” as a consequence of any walk-out terms.
— أبو عز الدين (@LabibAlNahhas) August 15, 2015
The shelling of Fu’ah and Kafraya continues, as does the government and Hezbollah advance in Zabadani. Rebels at al-Ghab plain now threaten Joureen.
Opposition correspondent declares shelling to resume.
Ahrar al-Sham resumes shelling.
— Islamic World News (@Amin_Akh) August 16, 2015
SAA and Hezbollah forces fight in Zabadani.