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Homs: Syrian Army, NDF Win Back Strategic Arak Oilfield Near Palmyra

13 June 2016 17:53

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The Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces (NDF) continued to hit ISIL’s strongholds in the oil and gas-rich regions of Eastern Homs and recaptured the strategic Arak oilfield near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province on Monday.

The Syrian government forces, backed up by the heavy shelling of artillery units, stormed the Takfiri terrorists’ positions East of Palmyra (Tadmur) and took full control of Arak oilfield.

The Syrian army and NDF have managed to reach Arak region after purging the Third Power Plant of ISIL terrorists.

Over 25 ISIL terrorists were killed in the Syrian army’s operations on Monday.

The Syrian army is now planning to seize back the strategic al-Sukhnah region which is located to the East of Arak oilfield.

The Syrian government troops and resistance forces are now only 28 kilometers from al-Sukhnah.

Al-Sukhnah region is at the juncture of three provinces of Deir Ezzur, Homs and Hama.

On Monday, Governor-General of Homs province Tallal al-Barazi said the province will soon be declared a terrorist-free zone following the recent advances of the army.

“The Syrian army and its allies have made major advances in the road linking Tadmur (Palmyra) to al-Sukhnah in the Eastern parts of Palmyra and al-Sukhnah’s liberation will lead to the freedom of Homs province from terrorism,” Barazi told FNA on Monday.

He underlined the responsibility of local officials for returning the normal life to Palmyra and Quaryatayn, and said, “Over 700 families have returned to Quaryatayn and the number of families who have returned to Tadmur has reached 150.”

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