The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the warplanes bombed Al-Nusra's strongholds in the towns and villages of al-Latamina, Kafr Zita, Latmin, al-Arba'een and al-Zahah in Northern Hama
SANA's reporter in Hama
said that after seizing control of the two villages, the army units consolidated their military points in the villages and their surroundings and began to dismantle IEDs and mines planted by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.
BEIRUT: For more than a month, insurgents fighting President Bashar Assad's forces had been on the march in central Syria, getting within a few kilometers of the fourth-largest city of Hama
The mass displacement took place between Aug 28 and Sept 5 from northern rural Hama
and the north-western countryside of Hama
toward neighbouring villages and Hama
City itself, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the regular noon briefing here.
A series of air strikes in northern Hama
killed at least 25 civilians, including six children, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syria's army has carved a bulwark of territory from Damascus through the cities of Homs and Hama
to the western coast by defeating other, less powerful militias including rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.
Syria: Syrian rebels have warned two Christian towns in the central region of Hama
they will be attacked if they do not evict pro-regime fighters, according to a video distributed by a watchdog on Saturday.
Internet footage showed graffiti dotting walls in Hama
, reading: "Hafez died and Hama
did not, Bashar will die and Hama
will never die".
The AA correspondent reported that intense security measures had been taken inside and around Hama
in north of Syria and a number of tanks had been deployed around the city as well as Idlib city's town of Maarrat al Numan.
is also uniquely situated: It was the site of one of the most brutal crackdowns in modern Middle Eastern history, when Syrian President Bashar Assad's father, Hafez, killed 100,000 to put down an Islamist uprising in 1982; and indeed, Islamism is more pervasive in Hama
than in most other Syrian cities (the absence of members of the Assad family's Alawite sect was a large reason why the regime decided to withdraw).
On Monday, Syrian forces sealed off Hama
and blocked the roads leading in, an apparent attempt to retake the city one month after security forces withdrew from it.
Syrian tanks surrounded Hama
on Tuesday, residents and activists said, threatening a large-scale assault on the city after the biggest protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.