BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke out this afternoon between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and jihadist rebels in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

The clashes broke out when scouts from the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) caught several militants trying to move towards the Syrian Army’s lines near the town of Al-Taman’ah.

According to a military source in nearby Hama city, the Syrian Arab Army unleashed a barrage of machine gunfire and artillery shells towards the militants.

The jihadist rebels responded with heavy gunfire of their own before they backed away from the Syrian Arab Army’s lines in the southern countryside of Idlib.

This latest exchange resulted comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army and Free Syrian Army (FSA) clashed in the northern part of Hama.

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