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Syria in Past 24 Hours: Syrian Families Return Home in Eastern Aleppo

29 December 2016 14:01

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A large number of Syrian families started returning home after Russia announced that the country’s experts have cleared mines from 966 hectares of land taken back from the terrorists in Eastern Aleppo.

Aleppo

The ISIL failed again to break through the government forces’ positions at Air Force Academy East of Aleppo province and retreated from the battlefield after several hours of clashes.

The ISIL terrorists in the village of Rasm al-Kama in Deir Hafer region attacked army positions in the village of Ansarullah near the Aleppo Air Force Academy, but the army men engaged in fierce clashes with them and inflicted a number of causalities on the terrorists.

The army men also destroyed three military vehicles of the ISIL.

The army troops also targeted the gatherings and movements of ISIL in South of Aran near the Air Force Academy, killing several militants and destroying two canons.

Also, on Wednesday, the Russian Peace Coordination Center in Syria announced that the country’s experts have cleared mines from 966 hectares of the newly-liberated neighborhoods of Eastern Aleppo city since December 5.

The Russian center said in a statement that an area as large as 966 hectares (each hectare equals 10,000 sq-m) has been cleansed from mines and bombs planted by Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

The statement added that approximately 350 km of roads, 2,149 houses, 44 schools, 38 mosques, ten hospitals and clinics, a water pumping station and two power transition stations and a water treatment plant have been demined.

The statement added that the Russian soldiers managed to defuse over 14,700 bombs including 6,700 hand-mad grenades.

Also in the past 24 hours, a large number of Syrian families started returning to their homes after all terrorists were forced out of the Eastern districts of Aleppo city.

Hundreds of families from Eastern Aleppo’s Seif al-Doleh are now back to their houses after the Syrian and Russian troops finished defusing mines and bombs planted by the terrorists.

Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army troops fended off ISIL’s attack on their positions in the Eastern neighborhoods of Deir Ezzur city, inflicting major casualties on the militants.

The army soldiers engaged in several-hour-long fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists who had attacked heavily on their positions in al-Roshdiyeh neighborhoods, killing a large number of the militants.

The ISIL pulled the remaining pockets of its militants out of battlefield after they failed to prevail over the government troops’ positions.

The Syrian Air Force also pounded ISIL’s positions in Nursery and Petrochemical Faculties in the neighborhoods of al-Huweiqa and al-Kanamat and in surrounding areas of Deir Ezzur airbase South of the city.

The army’s artillery units also shelled ISIL’s positions near the airbase, killing a number of militants.

Homs

Syrian Army troops repelled a third joint attack of Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham on its positions near the village of Marimin on Wednesday.

The army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists and did not allow them to break through its positions in al-Houla region.

The army units deployed in surrounding areas of Marimin village fended off the terrorists groups’ joint offensive on their positions near Marimin.

Army reports said the terrorists launched their attack through Kafr Laha, Taldou and al-Tayibeh al-Qarbi villages.

The terrorist groups suffered at least a dozen casualties and retreated from the battlefield after hours of heavy fighting with the army.

In the meantime, Syrian fighter jets bombed the positions of Rajalullah and Ahrar al-Sham terrorists in the villages of Borj Qa’ei, Keisin, Talbiseh, Ein Issa al-Janoubi, Qarnateh and al-Sa’an al-Aswad in the Northern, Northwestern and Northeastern parts of Homs province, destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Also in the past 24 hours, Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted ISIL’s concentration centers and gatherings in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and its outskirts, inflicting more than a dozen casualties on the terrorists.

The army men targeted the positions and movements of ISIL East of the Fourth Station and in Ba’ar al-Fawa’erah region West of Tadmur, killing over 13 militants and wounding several more.

The army aircraft also pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the city of Palmyra and nearby areas, in Badiyeh al-Qarbi (the Western Desert), the Fourth Station and the villages of al-Tiyas and Sharifeh in Eastern Homs, leaving a number of militants dead and their military vehicles, canons and rocket launchers destroyed.

Damascus

Syrian Army soldiers, backed up by the country’s air force and artillery units, stormed terrorists’ positions in Wadi al-Bardi region, taking control over key roads in Western Ghouta, a military source reported Wednesday.

The source said simultaneous with air raids and artillery shelling, the army soldiers struck terrorists’ defense lines and won control of several roads connecting the region’s towns to hillsides in Wadi al-Bardi region.

A military source said that the army has taken control of a large number of buildings since the start of its operations from the town of Basimeh towards Wadi al-Bardi and killed tens of terrorists.

“A large number of militants also flee from Basimeh towards Deir Qanoun every day due to the army’s advances in the region,” the source went on to say.

Some other sources said that the Syrian government has been involved in negotiations with the militants in order to save the lives of the civilians that have been kidnapped by the terrorists and also prevent destruction of infrastructures of the towns in the region, as some of the terrorist groups have not joined the peace plan thus far.

The source also added that the army has assured that once the terrorists halt their attacks on the water reservoirs in Ein al-Fijeh, the army soldiers will provide security for the militants to leave the region to Idlib.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian Army troops blocked terrorists’ move in heavy fighting in Eastern Ghouta.

The army soldiers warded off terrorists’ offensive on their positions in Wadi (desert) Ein Terma, killing over five militants and wounding several others.

In the meantime, the Syrian warplanes bombed terrorists’ centers in the town of al-Shifouniyeh and surrounding areas of the town of al-Hamouriyeh.

Also, fierce clashes restarted between the army soldiers and militants in Meida’ani, al-Mohammadiyeh and Damascus-Homs highway.

Dara’a

Syrian Army troops targeted a number of positions and bases of Fatah al-Sham Front across the Southern city of Dara’a, inflicting major casualties on the militants.

The army units hit the gatherings of Fatah al-Sham in al-Roba’ei checkpost on Tariq al-Saad (road to dam), al-Talabiyeh square, East of the credit bank and near the garden of the refugees camp in Dara’a al-Balad district, leaving a number of militants dead and many more wounded.

In relevant developments in Dara’a on Saturday, the army troops targeted several command bases of Fatah al-Sham Front in the Southern province of Dara’a, destroying three of them.

Raqqa

The predominately Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) continued to beat back ISIL terrorists from more positions West of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of ISIL, wining back one more village in the region.

The SDF pushed back ISIL from the village of Hadaj after hours of non-stop clashes.

In the meantime, the Kurdish fighters repelled ISIL’s attack on their positions in the newly-captured village of Ja’abar al-Sharqi.

Over 38 ISIL militants were killed and six vehicles, a bomb-laden car, a machinegun-equipped vehicle and a canon have also been destroyed in the last two days of clashes in Hadaj and Ja’abar al-Sharqi.

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