Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Regains Control of More Areas in Hama Province
The army units drove the ISIL terrorists out of key areas and their surrounding areas in Hama province.
The Syrian troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in fierce clashes over controlling of strategic regions. They also destroyed military equipment of the terrorists.
The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops drove the ISIL terrorists out of more hills and villages and managed to tighten their circle of forces around the remaining terrorist-held regions in the Central part of the country on Saturday.
The army men engaged in intense battle with the ISIL in Eastern Hama and imposed control over al-Nubeh hill and the villages of al-Khalaya, al-Moshrefeh and Khalid Hilal.
ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the clashes.
Relevant reports said earlier on Saturday that the army troops stormed ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Hama and forced the terrorists to retreat from a small but key town, tightening noose on the militants in the Central part of the country.
The army men hit ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Hama heavily and seized control over the town of Qalib al-Thor.
The army units inflicted heavy casualties on ISIL and seized a large volume of its arms and ammunition.
The Syrian Army troops intensified attacks on ISIL’s defense lines in areas near Deir Ezzur Airbase on Saturday and imposed control over more key positions.
The army men pushed ISIL back from the village of al-Mari’eiyeh in North-East of the Deir Ezzur airbase.
The al-Mari’eiyeh village and Huweija al-Mari’eiyeh region have covered a large swathe of land stretched from North-East of the Deir Ezzur’s airbase to its South-East, where Deir Ezzur’s road runs to the town of al-Mayadeen in the South-East.
A well-informed local source said earlier on Saturday that a number of ISIL terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian Army troops in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur after the devastating advances of the pro-government forces in the region.
“A number of ISIL terrorists have surrendered to the government forces,” the source said, without specifying why the surrender took place.
The source added that the terrorists that are still holding parts of the city have been significantly weakened and are unable to continue resistance against the army offensive.
The Syrian Army troops continued to advance against ISIL in the Eastern territories of Homs and Hama provinces on Saturday, paving the ground for the full liberation of Central Syria after almost four years of terrorists’ occupation.
The army soldiers captured the village of al-Hanouteh South of the town of al-Mab’oujeh after they captured the town of Qalib al-Thor in Eastern Hama.
In the meantime, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets and the army’s artillery units pounded the positions and movements of ISIL in regions that are still under the control of the terrorists in Eastern Hama, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.
The Washington-backed predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have continued their advances against ISIL and are now on the threshold of pushing ISIL back from the Western districts of Raqqa city, local sources confirmed on Saturday.
The sources said that the Kurdish forces stuck at the crux of the ISIL’s defense lines in the Western part of Raqqa city, the al-Dallah roundabout, on Friday.
The al-Dallah roundabout commands most of the main street roads which lead from the neighborhoods of Northern Raqqa to those in Western Raqqa.
Should the Syrian Democratic Forces take the al-Dallah roundabout, then they will most likely push ISIL to withdraw from the entire Western part of Raqqa city under the threat of being isolated from their positions further North.
Should ISIL abandon the Western suburbs, then another fifteen percent of Raqqa will rapidly fall under the control of Kurdish forces, ultimately giving them about 75% control of the entire city.