Syria in Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army Offensive in Hama Province
The Syrian army killed and wounded scores of terrorists in Hama province.
The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key regions across Syria.
Dozens of Jeish al-Fatah and ISIL terrorists were killed or injured by the Syrian Air Force raids on positions of the terrorist groups in Northern and Eastern parts of Hama Province, a military source said.
The source said that the Syrian Army warplanes carried out airstrikes on the terrorist organizations’ positions in the towns and villages of Tibet al-Imam, al-Kabaria, Tal al-Zaatar, Skeik and Mourek and in the vicinity of Atshan, al-Shaatha and al-Telasia villages in the Northern part of the Hama Province.
The source pointed out that in parallel with the terrorists who were killed or injured in the airstrikes, several tanks and armored vehicles laden with weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.
In the Eastern part of Hama, the Syrian Army jet launched strikes on gatherings of ISIL vehicles East of al-Mofaggar al-Sharqi village near the city of al-Salamiyah.
According to reports, scores of terrorists were killed and their weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the attacks.
The raids on terrorists in Hama province took place as the Syrian Army’s infantry units continued to advance in Northern Hama on Thursday, reestablishing security at Hama’s airbase and taking control of more regions.
Field sources said that reestablishment of security in al-Ma’ardes and water tankers area in the Eastern parts of Ma’ardes village and the heavy artillery and machinegun fire from Zein al-Abedin mountain helped the army to advance and drive the terrorists towards the depth of Northern Hama.
“Ma’ardes and Kafra are now under army control,” the sources added.
Also, the Syrian and Russian warplanes attacked the militants’ gathering centers and hideouts as well as their military vehicles near Ma’ardes and Halfaya villages and inflicted heavy tolls and damage on Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) terrorists.
The Syrian Army continued its advances West of al-Sha’er Mount, liberating several points from the grip of ISIL terror group en route to the al-Sha’er Gas Field, a military source said Thursday.
“The Syrian Army and their allies have liberated all of the hilltops West of the Al-Sha’er Gas Fields after fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists,” the source within the National Defense Forces (NDF) said.
With all of the hilltops East of the Al-Sha’er Gas Field se free, the Syrian Army Forces has now turned its attention to the last mountaintop overlooking the strategic site in the Eastern part of Homs province.
Intense clashes were ongoing in the area, as the Syrian Army forces keep on their attempts to recapture the last site between their front-lines and the Al-Sha’er Gas Fields.
Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian air force targeted ISIL’s military vehicles near al-Sha’er oil field and Palmyra regions in Homs, killing dozens of terrorists.
The Syrian fighter jets destroyed tens of ISIL’s machinegun-equipped technical vehicles as it targeted their positions and convoys in regions near al-Sha’er Oil field and Tuloul al-Sawana near Palmyra city in the Eastern parts of Homs province.
Field sources said that tens of terrorists were also killed and wounded in the airstrikes.
Also on Thursday, the Syrian army units and its allies targeted the Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) positions and bases in the Northern parts of Homs.
The ISIL terrorist group sustained tens of casualties in army airstrikes over their positions in Beir al-Defae’i and al-Naqab district of al-Zamir region in Damascus.
30 ISIL terrorists were killed and 50 others were injured in Beir al-Defae’i and Naqab districts, a military source said on Thursday.
Also, the Syrian army continued its advance in Harasta farms in the Eastern parts of Damascus and its artillery units destroyed several ISIL bases in al-Reihan town.
Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian army and popular forces managed to win back control over the two strategic towns of Hawsh al-Nasri and al-Farah in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus and Northeast of Douma farms.
The development came after fierce clashes between the army and terrorist groups.
According to army sources, tens of militants were killed and dozens of others were injured in the clashes.
The special units of the Syrian army blew up several tunnels used by terrorists to transfer weapons and forces in Aleppo’s Old City district.
Commander of the special forces operating in the region said that the terrorist groups had dug vast areas of the region to build tunnels under the Syrian army positions and “at present, the army’s military engineers are discovering and blowing them up”.
According to him, after smashing the tunnels some clashes erupted between the army and the terrorists during which tens of militants were killed and wounded.
Elsewhere, the army advanced against the terrorists in al-Farafirah in the Western parts of Qala’a region of Aleppo, which military analysts say is an important achievement given the Syrian forces’ success in breaking the terrorists’ defense lines in the Old City.
“Also, after advances in Farafirah, the army will intensify its attacks against the Fatah al-Sham (al-Nusra) Front and other terrorist groups’ positions in the Eastern regions of Aleppo to use them as a launch-pad for more attacks against militants and open different fronts in the region,” a senior army officer said.
The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) further advanced in the Northern parts of Lattakia province after a series of bloody battles with Fatah Al-Sham Front (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) militants, a battlefield source said on Thursday.
“The Syrian Army and popular forces launched a military offensive on the strategic hilltop of Tal Haddadeh in Lattakia province, targeting positions of the militant group there,” the source said.
According to the source, pro-government forces managed to recapture several points in Tal Haddadeh and pushed their way further into the Northern regions of Latakia. “They also inflicted heavy blows to the militants,” he added.
The Syrian Air Force bombarded two positions of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in al-Tamaniaa area in Idlib province.
According to field reports, the terrorists sustained heavy damage on their military hardware, including seven vehicles and three pick-up trucks equipped with machineguns which were destroyed in the air raids.
The Syrian army, supported by intelligence forces, managed to thwart the terrorists’ attempts to send their bomb-laden drones from Da’el and Abta’a towns in Northern Hama towards al-Katiba al-Mahjoura region in the Northern parts of Abta’a town in Northern Dara’a, blowing up all of them in the air.
The Syrian army soldiers also launched attacks on the terrorist groups’ positions in Dara’a too.
Field sources said on Thursday that two terrorist commanders were killed in the army’s operations towards Qaraz refugee camp in Southern Dara’a.
Meantime, the military reinforcement units targeted the terrorist groups which monitored the army’s moves in al-Sad and Hara al-Bajabaja districts in Dara’a al-Balad and the Eastern parts of Da’el town in Northern Dara’a and destroyed their military vehicles and posts.
Also, commander of March 18 terrorist group, affiliated to the FSA, Hessam Aba Zaid was killed after a road mine blast on al-Sawame’ road in Eastern Dara’a.