Rebels mourn +30 militants hunted down by Syrian Army in northern Hama (Pictures)

At least 23 jihadi militants were killed in a daring operation conducted by the Syrian Army on rebel positions in northern Hama countryside.

Pro-jihadi accounts on social media mourned 23 militants – including a field commander – killed in a series of attacks and ambushes near Zalaqiyat villages.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), more than 7 militants were hunted down by Syrian Army snipers while attempting to restore the lost position on the same front.

The slain militants belong to the FSA-linked, Nusra-affiliated Jaish al-Izza rebel group mainly active in northern Hama and southern Idlib.

Recently, rebel groups bombed positions for the Syrian Army near Jorin in Hama western countryside, killing and injuring several Army soldiers.

Similar attacks have targeted the Syrian Army-held Abu Duhur airbase.

According to informed sources, the behind-enemy-lines operation carried out last night came in retaliation for the fallen government troops.

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Alongside Jaish al-Izza, another extremist group called Hurras al-Din is active in the same area. The group’s militants have been originally fighting for the Syrian al-Qaeda-offshoot, Nusra Front, but later defected and formed their own terror organization.

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