Nusra attempts to prevent fortification of Hama town

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Jabhat a-Nusra infiltrated the countryside southeast of Hama city to carry out hit-and-run attacks on two checkpoints around the town of Saraheen on Monday, a local reporter told Syria Direct. “Nusra is trying to prevent the regime from further fortifying the area as it is a weak point that could be exploited in an attack against Hama city,” said Yarub al-Dali, a correspondent for opposition news outlet Syria Mubasher. The Al-Qaida affiliate killed 15 regime fighters and seized a regime truck-mounted anti-aircraft gun, reported the Local Coordination Council for Hama. “The attack did not yield any positive results for Nusra…the complete opposite, in fact, as the regime took revenge on the civilians by burning their houses after Nusra pulled out,” Murad al-Hamawi, a media activist from the town told Syria Direct on Tuesday. Jabhat a-Nusra attacked the town, which sits on a supply route from Hama city into the province’s southern countryside and northern Homs, earlier this month, blowing up a weapons depot where the regime was building another checkpoint.