According to Fars News, the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists managed to push their ISIL rivals back from the regions the latter had captured in Southern Idlib, local sources conformed on Friday.
The sources said that the Al-Nusra militants deployed in Southeastern Idlib launched a rapid assault on ISIL’s positions along the region’s provincial border with Hama.
The Al-Nusra managed to advance with heavy fire of its artillery units.
The sources added that Al-Nusra tore through the ISIL defense lines and retook the villages of Dalat al-Huwaya, Huways Umm Jan, Huways Ibn Hadb and Ad Dablah as well as the key hilltop of Jabal Hawas.
Initially, the village of Rasm Hammam was also re-taken by Al-Nusra, however the ISIL managed to launch a counter-attack and claimed back the settlement.
Sources said earlier this month that the Al-Nusra terrorists were headed to the battlefields to fight with the ISIL terrorist group in al-Huwayis village in Eastern Aleppo.
The sources said that a group of militants affiliated to the ISIL was likely behind the ambush operation.
The sources said that a sum of 31 Al-Nusra terrorists were reportedly killed and dozens more were injured in the ISIL attack.
The sources further said that the attackers were the remnants of Jund al-Aqsa which had not left Raqqa.
Their ambush was launched from Sinjar village in Southeastern Idlib. Soon after the ambush, they dispersed to the area East of the Hama- Aleppo Highway around the villages of Ma’arat al-Nu’aman, Sinjar and Abu al-Dhohour.