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Syrian forces advance against terrorists around gas field in Homs

17 May 2016 15:36



The Syrian army forces have advanced against terrorists around a strategic gas filed located close to the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Province.

An unidentified military source told Syria’s official SANA news agency on Tuesday that an army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, wrested control over the al-Sawan hill to the east of the al-Shaer gas field.

The Syrian air force also launched aerial assaults on the countryside of Palmyra and demolished vehicles belonging to the Daesh terrorist group in the vicinity of the gas field, the source went on to say.

Meanwhile, an army unit killed two militant leaders operating within the ranks of Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in the northern countryside of Homs.

Elsewhere in Day al-Zawr Province, the Syrian jets targeted gatherings and heavily-fortified positions of the Daesh militants in the al-Sina’a neighborhood and to the west of the Dayr al-Zawr airport, according to the military source.

The sorties left a number of extremists dead and destroyed their mortar launchers, artillery and vehicles, the source added.

Syrian soldiers stand on a tank as they hold a position near the ancient city of Palmyra on May 5, 2016. ©AFP

On Monday, Syria’s state TV reported that the government forces recaptured the national hospital of Day al-Zawr from Daesh.

“The Syrian army along with supporting forces moved quickly towards the areas where terrorist gangs had encroached. We dealt with them and killed them,” an unidentified Syrian field officer said.

Daesh controls over half of Dayr al-Zawr, trapping about 200,000 civilians in the city. Dayr al-Zawr Province links the Daesh stronghold in the city of Raqqah with territory controlled by the militant group in neighboring Iraq.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has gripped Syria since March 2011.

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