Loyalist pages published images they claimed were of Maher al-Assad, brother of the regime’s president and commander of the 4th Division, appearing in locations near the front lines in northwestern Syria.
Loyalist sources said that Maher and a number of senior regime army officers carried out an inspection of the Hama Military Airbase on Monday, but they did not say anything about the reasons.
The fighting in the area is intense, and the noted airbase is under rocket fire from factions in the “Clear Victory” operations room, which have repeatedly targeted positions with mortars and Grad rockets.
The loyalist sites added that the commander of the 4th Division headed from the Hama Military Airbase to a point of contact with the Syrian Democratic Forces without specifying the location.
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