THE LEVANT – Jabhat Al-Nusra has began their siege of the Christian village of Mhardeh, two days after their capture of Halfaya in the Hama Governate. Mhardeh is an imperative city that is the gateway to the provincial capital of Hama from the north. The summer offensive for Jabhat Al-Nusra began after the capture of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib Governate, leading the militants to expand southward to breakthrough the Syrian Arab Army’s defensives in northern Hama.
This morning in Mhardeh, Jabhat Al-Nusra militants fired multiple rockets at the Mhardeh Power Plant, resulting in the loss of electricity for the 15,000 civilians inside the city. The National Defense Forces were able to repel the Jabhat Al-Nusra attempt to infiltrate into northeast Mhardeh from Halfala. 13 Jabhat Al-Nusra militants and 3 NDF fighters were reportedly killed in today’s battle.