Syria in Past 24 Hours: Army Kills 150 Al-Nusra Terrorists in Damascus
A military source said that the Syrian army forces repelled the al-Nusra (Fatah al-Sham) Front terrorists’ repeated attacks to break the siege on militants stationed in al-Qazal plants region in Northern Jobar, adding that the army units have killed over 150 militants, including foreign commanders and members, and wounded hundreds of others during the operations.
Also, The Syrian troops smashed 3 tanks, 4 armored vehicles, 5 mortar-launchers, 3 artilleries and 15 machinegun-equipped vehicles of the terrorists in the battle.
According to the source, clashes continue between the army and terrorists in Northern Jobar and the army units are targeting the militants’ gathering centers and moves in Jobar and the nearby areas by artillery and missile fire.
The source added that the Syrian air force has also launched heavy airstrikes on the terrorists’ positions and supply routes from Eastern Ghouta to the North of Jobar region, inflicting heavy casualties and damage on the militants.
The Syrian army continued operations in Eastern Aleppo and gained military control over Deir Hafer city after winning back several towns and a strategic hill surrounding the city.
The Syrian army units engaged in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists and seized control of Laleh Mohammad, al-Akouleh, al-Ahmadiyeh and al-Kabariyeh towns and the strategic Tal al-Sous hill.
The army troops also deployed along the Aleppo-Raqqa road after winning control over Um Adaseh, Jafireh and Jafar Mansoul towns and fully cut the supply routes towards Deir Hafer from Maskaneh and other nearby towns.
During the operations, tens of ISIL terrorists were killed, 5 bomb-laden vehicles were destroyed and several vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition were seized by the army.
A military source reported that the Syrian army forces will soon enter Deir Hafer and start cleansing operations after besieging the city.
Also in the past 24 hours, the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL and managed to take control of several regions near al-Tabaqa dam and blocked ISIL’s supply route on Raqqa-Aleppo road.
The SDF forces gained control of Abu Harireh, al-Moshirefeh, al-Karin and al-Mahmiyeh villages after fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists and cut off the Raqqa-Aleppo road with the aim of seizing control over al-Tabaqa dam.
They also won control over al-Jadida and Mokhit villages, 33km East of Raqqa, after heavy fighting with the ISIL and killing tens of them.
The Syrian army forces, supported by the air force, smashed ISIL’s bases near al-Maqaber (cemetery) region South of Deir Ezzur Airbase.
The Syrian fighter jets and army’s missile and artillery units also struck ISIL’s positions and moves in al-Maqaber region in Deir Ezzur along with the military troops’ ground assault.
The attacks which are aimed at breaking the militants’ siege on Deir Ezzur airbase left scores of terrorists dead and wounded and blew up their bases.
The Syrian army units killed a number of al-Nusra Front terrorists in the Southern city of Dara’a by launching strikes against their positions.
The army soldiers carried out a series of military operations against the al-Nusra moves on the road between al-Mokhaiem and Ghirz prison, killing a number of them and destroying a tank and a vehicle.
The army forces also killed and injured tens of al-Nusra terrorists as they attacked their gatherings in separate areas in Dara’a al-Balad in the Southern province of Dara’a.
Also, an al-Nusra watch post Southeast of al-Maslekh (slaughterhouse) area in Dara’a al-Balad was also destroyed.
The Syrian army units fended off massive attacks of the al-Nusra Front on their positions in Souran and Khattab in Northern Hama, inflicting heavy casualties on the militants.
The army troops engaged in heavy clashes with al-Nusra terrorists who had attacked Souran city and Khattab town, and repulsed their offensive.
Meantime, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets launched fierce attacks on terrorists’ bases in Kafr Zita, al-Latamineh, Khan Sheikhoun and Taybat al-Imam, killing tens of militants, including an Egyptian commander named Abul Ala Abd Rabbah.
A military source underlined that heavy clashes are still underway near Souran and Khattab, adding that the army has sent a large number of military convoys of its forces and allies to the villages and towns bordering the battleground in Hama to prevent the terrorists’ advances and prepare for retaking the villages.
Also on Thursday, militants of Fatah al-Sham Front terrorist group as well as other allied groups attacked several villages North of the city of Hama in Syria, killing over two dozen people, a security source said.
“The militants staged a massacre in the village of Majdal North of Hama. Twenty five civilians were killed as result of the attack, with women and children among them,” the source said.
The attack took place as a nationwide ceasefire was introduced in Syria in December 2016, with Russian being one of its guarantors, however, terrorist groups, such as Fatah al Sham Front and ISIL, are not part of the deal.
Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army repelled another attack of the al-Nusra Front in the Western parts of al-Salamiyeh region in Hama, and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists who sought to cut off al-Salamiyeh-Homs road.
The army units engaged in heavy clashes with the al-Nusra militants in Tal Omri and Shikari villages in Western al-Salamiyeh and repulsed their offensive.
A military source said that the terrorists intended to cut Salamiyeh-Homs road, adding that the army troops killed and wounded tens of terrorists in the clashes.
The army troops managed to establish security along the Salamiyeh-Homs road after fierce clashes with al-Nusra militants, he added.
Hundreds of militants stationed in al-Wa’er region of Homs city surrendered themselves and their weapons to the Syrian authorities to return to normal life as the soldiers of President Bashar al-Assad continue to capture more regions across the country.
More than 500 militants from al-Wa’er neighborhood in Homs city were granted amnesty by the government within the framework of the reconciliation agreement that was reached in the neighborhood, paving the way for the return of all state services back into operation.
A source at the reconciliation committee said that the government has granted amnesty to 545 militants from al-Wa’er neighborhood so far.
The source added that the reconciliation committee continues its work around the clock at the building of the Criminal Security Branch in al-Wa’er neighborhood to grant amnesty to all those who lay down arms.
Also on Thursday, the Syrian army and air force intensified operations in Eastern Homs to seize back the province’s strategic oilfields, killing tens of ISIL terrorists and destroying their military vehicles and equipment.
The army units engaged in clashes with the ISIL in al-Talileh region close to Arak oilfield near Palmyra, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and smashing their vehicles and arms.
Meantime, the Syrian fighter jets launched repeated airstrikes against the ISIL positions in al-Sukhnah town, Arak oilfield, Station 3 region and the hills in Northeastern Palmyra.
The attacks fully blew up the terrorists’ bases in the region and inflicted a large number of casualties on them.
Also, in the Northern parts of Homs, the Syrian troops targeted the positions and gathering centers of al-Nusra Front in al-Qajar, Kissin and Um Sharshouh in Northern Homs, inflicting losses on the terrorists.
The Syrian army units also attacked the al-Nusra positions in al-Rastan and al-Sa’an al-Aswad regions and Aidoun village in Northern Homs, killing and wounding tens of militants and smashing a number of their military vehicles.
Media sources reported that on Thursday that the ISIL members have joined the Turkey-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation.
Hawar news website released images of ISIL Emir Mostafa Abi, nom de guerre Abu Ayesheh, along with two of his comrades in Homs province, and reported that he is now a member of al-Mo’tasem Bellah group.
According to Hawar news, the other two ISIL militants seen in the image are now members of Jeish al-Izzah terrorist group.
Meantime, the news website released an image of militants in ISIL uniforms standing among the Euphrates Shield Operation forces.