Homs: Syrian Army Fends Off ISIL’s Powerful Attacks on Key Oil Fields West of Palmyra
The ISIL launched massive attacks on the Syrian army’s military positions near al-Sha’er and Hayan oilfields West of Palmyra, but the terrorists were pushed back by the Syrian army after several hours of clashes.
Meantime, a military source said that after losing its military positions in Palmyra and its nearby regions, the ISIL has mobilized its elements in the surrounding areas of the two oilfields to seal off the Homs highway to the Syrian troops who are advancing deep into Badiyeh (desert) in an area near T4 Station.
Meanwhile, another political analyst announced that after sustaining heavy defeats in the Eastern countryside of Homs, the ISIL intends to approach Qalamoun regions by taking control over Hayan and Sha’er energy zones.
In relevant developments last Saturday, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets continued their heavy airstrikes on ISIL strongholds and movements in Eastern Homs, inflicting major losses on the terrorists, field sources said.
The sources said that the Syrian fighter jets pounded ISIL’s concentration centers and movements in Jubb al-Jarah in Eastern Homs, and the supply lines of ISIL between the villages of Hibreh Qarbi, Hibreh Sharqi, Rasm al-Sab’a, al-Rabiyeh, al-Shiheh and Rasm al-Arnab.
The sources added that several vehicles and a large volume of military equipment of ISIL were fully destroyed and a large number of terrorist were killed in the air raids.
The sources, meantime, said that the Russian army aircraft backed up the Syrian army ground forces in Homs, targeting ISIL’s positions in the region.
Another military source said that the Russian fighter jets targeted ISIL’s vehicles and gathering centers in areas near the town of al-Sukhnah, destroying the vehicles and killing a number of militants.
The Syrian and Russian fighter jets are also monitoring ISIL’s movements in Homs day and night.
Reports also said that as the Syrian Army continues Anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Homs to expand its control to the East of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and push for ISIL’s strategic stronghold of al-Sukhnah, the terrorist group has dispatched hundreds of its members from Raqqa city to fight against the Syrian pro-government forces in Eastern Homs.