Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Al-Nusra’s Attack on Gov’t Positions in Hama
The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists’ attacks to capture the government forces’ positions in the Southern part of Hama province were fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.
Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Homs and Deir Ezzur, over the past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in other provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops carried out an ambush operation against ISIL in Eastern Hama and repelled a heavy attack of Al-Nusra in the Southern part of the province, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists on Sunday.
The army’s elite forces ambushed a group of ISIL terrorists in Wadi al-Azib region in Eastern Hama, killing the entire members of the group and seizing their arms and ammunition.
Also the army soldiers fended off a heavy offensive of Al-Nusra terrorists deployed in Hirbnafsa at the thermal power plant in Southern Hama, killing and wounding a number of rebels.
The Syrian Army troops continued their advances in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city on Sunday and took full control over the international highway that connect Deir Ezzur city to the capital Damascus after four years of ISIL occupation.
The army men managed to advance against ISIL in the Western direction of Deir Ezzur airbase, seizing control over power company.
Meantime, a military source said that the army has now gained full control over the Damascus-Deir Ezzur highway after the recent advances along a chunk of the highway between al-Sukhnah and al-Shoula and shook hand with their comrades deployed in Panorama region that is considered as the main entrance to Deir Ezzur city from its Southern direction.
Field sources confirmed that a large number of the ISIL terrorists have fled Deir Ezzur countryside towards the town of al-Mayadeen in the Southeastern part of the province after the army took control over al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway and its artillery units shelled ISIL’s positions near al-Thardah Mountain West of Deir Ezzur airbase.
A large number of ISIL terrorists are now under siege by army soldiers in their positions near al-Tayem oilfield.
Reports said earlier on Sunday that the army men imposed control over Jonayd Division base, the Republic Guards Division base, al-Ma’amel and al-Maqaber regions, reinvigorating security of the road from Deir Ezzur to the airbase and the two neighborhoods of al-Tahtuh and Harabish.
In the meantime, the army’s engineering units are defusing landmines along the road to pave the ground for the dispatch of more supply convoys to the airbase and neighborhoods of al-Tahtuh and Harabish.
The army units, also, managed to advance against ISIL along the al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway and reached the Panorama region and the 137th Artillery Brigade base from its Southern direction.
The engineering units are also active along the highway and are defusing bombs and landmines remaining in the region.
The Syrian Army troops pushed ISIL back from more territories in the Central parts of the country on Sunday, and came close to purging terrorists from the entire province.
The army men continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in the Southeastern direction of Jubb al-Jarah region, and imposed control over the villages of Rahoum, Abu Hawadid and al-Faw Shavish.
A military source reported that the army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their military equipment in the attack, adding that the remaining pockets of the ISIL terrorists fled the battlefield.
The sources further said that only a few villages and heights are under ISIL’s control and the army will end ISIL’s presence in Eastern Homs after liberating the remaining villages and heights.
Reports said earlier on Sunday that the army units clashed fiercely with ISIL and managed to impose control over Tal (hill) al-Elam after liberating Um Sahrij region, one of the most important bases of ISIL in Eastern Homs.
Also, the army soldiers hit ISIL’s defense lines in Jubb al-Jarrah and took control over the villages of Rasm al-Tawil and al-Moshirefeh al-Janoubi and several hills and heights, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and heavy military hardware.
The Syrian Army troops warded off the Al-Nusra Front offensive on their strongholds on Sunday, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
The army’s artillery and missile units targeted invading Al-Nusra terrorists and repelled their attack to break through the government forces’ positions in Tal (hill) al-Horah that is the first defense line of the town of Hadhar.
The army soldiers also engaged in fierce clashes with a 30-member group of Al-Nusra and fended off their attack of al-Hassan Mant Division base in Quneitra countryside, killing the entire group members.