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Deir Al-Assafir Finally in Hands of Syrian Army

20 May 2016 8:53


The Syrian Army backed by Hezbollah and National Defense Forces (NDF) took full control over the strategic town of Deir Al-Assafir in Damascus province after a series of fierce clashes.

According to a field source in Eastern Ghouta, militants withdrew from the region before they were completely encircled by the Syrian army and its allies.

According to the source, the terrorists’ retreat occurred when they faced the Syrian forces’ heavy fire, lost tens of members and sustained damages in arms and equipment.

The source added that the Syrian soldiers will now focus on the strategic town of Zobdeen.

On Tuesday, the army units had destroyed several tunnels dug by terrorists in Deir al-Assafir and Zobdeen in Eastern Ghouta.

The military sources announced that the Syrian army troops and popular forces, in a fresh round of joint offensives, hit the terrorist groups’ positions hard in Eastern Ghouta and forced the militants to retreat from a strategic town in the region.

“The terrorist groups left behind scores of the dead and injured member and pulled the remaining pockets of their forced from Hosh al-Khatib,” the sources said, adding, “Recapture of Hosh al-Khatib will put terrorist groups in Deir al-Assafir under more pressure.”

On Monday, the Syrian Army troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups’ checkpoints along a strategic road in Eastern Ghouta and forced the militants to retreat from nearby regions.

“Following hours of fierce clashes, finally the Syrian soldiers forced the terrorist groups to pull their fighters back from the important road that connects Hosh al-Khatib and Harasta al-Qantara region,” the sources said, adding, “The terrorist groups left behind dozens of the dead of wounded members and fled the battlefield.”

“The road is under the full control of the army and the government force are fortifying their position along the road, which the army’s engineering units have launched an operation to defuse roadside bombs and mines planted by the terrorist groups,” the sources said.

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