Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, approximately 12 kilometres from the Libyan border, is adjacent to Halfaya Pass, the scene of heavy fighting in 1941 and 1942. All of the graves in the cemetery were brought in from the surrounding area, including military cemeteries at Sidi-Barrani, Buq Buq, Fort Capuzzo, Bardia, Minquar el Zannan, and Camerons Burial Ground at Nibeiwa.
The cemetery now contains 2,046 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, of which 238 are unidentified.
A group of young girls in Aleppo’s old city. It is feared the ongoing war is creating a ‘lost generation’ in Syria as millions of young people go without schooling in the conflict that has displaced millions of Syrians both within the country and into neighbouring nations.
Earlier today, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) launched a large-scale offensive inside the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside in order to make another push towards the provincial capital that is located along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).
According to the preliminary reports from the Hama Governorate, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh - specifically, Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Sham Legion - are targeting Syrian Arab Army checkpoints near the villages of Al-Buwaydah and Lahaya near the strategic towns of Al-Lataminah, Latmeen, Halfaya, and Taybat Al-Imam.
The Islamist rebels have reported the seizure of Al-Buwaydah, Lahaya, the Markabah Checkpoint, and the nearby poultry farms; however, this news has not been confirmed by the local field journalists from the National Defense Forces (NDF).
If the Islamist rebels did capture Al-Buwaydah and Lahaya, they will be in position to strike the imperative towns of Halfaya and Taybat Al-Imam; these two sites were recaptured by the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” during their large-scale counter-offensive in the summer of 2014.
Firefights are still ongoing between the Islamist rebels and the Syrian Arab Army in the northern Hama countryside; and they are likely to continue, despite nightfall quickly looming over the province.
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Another day, another passed deadline for Assad to stop killing. At least 26 martyrs fell yesterday as Assad’s forces attacked Kafr Talharim, in Idlib province near the Turkish border (9 martyrs), thousands of soldiers with hundreds of armoured vehicles swept through Halfaya and nearby villages in Hama province (3 martyrs, hundreds arrested and displaced) and 6 died in Homs city and another 5 in Qusayr. Finally, tonight there is loud gunfire and sound bombs going off in 2 areas of Damascus - Rukn Eddin and Kafr Suseh.
Yesterday, Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) launched a wide-scale offensive in the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside in order to seize several points that were under the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) control along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).
Initially, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh - led by Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Faylaq Al-Sham (Sham Legion) - seized the imperative village of Al-Buwaydah, along with the Lahaya and Markabah checkpoints after a series of firefights with the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
As the Islamist rebels pushed further south, they found themselves overstretched and outnumbered by the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces near the villages of Halfaya and Taybat Al-Imam; this resulted in Syrian Armed Forces launching a counter-attack to recapture these integral points from Jaysh Al-Fateh last night and this morning.
According to a battlefield reporter in the village of Mhardeh, the Syrian Arab Army’s 87th Brigade and the National Defense Forces (Suqaylabiyah and Mhardeh brigades) recaptured Al-Buwaydah and several checkpoints surrounding the village this morning, resulting in a significant number of casualties for the Islamist rebels.
The source further added that the Jaysh Al-Fateh assault on the predominately Alawi village of Ma'an was also repelled by the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces - he added that 14 enemy combatants were killed in the process.
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some of the dead militants in the failed offensive