Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Fends Off Terrorists’ Attack in Hama
Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Deir Ezzur and Homs, over past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.
The Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in the Western countryside of al-Salamiyah on Friday and managed to repel the terrorists’ offensive.
The army soldiers, backed up by the country’s Air Force and artillery units, clashed fiercely with the ISIL in Satahiyeat region, fending off their heavy attack on the pro-government forces’ positions.
Also, the army aircraft pounded the remaining pockets of terrorists after the army recaptured lost lands in Northern Hama.
Meantime, the Syrian Army troops carried out a massive attack on terrorist groups’ positions in Eastern Hama and retook full control over the lands they lost to militants on Thursday, military sources confirmed on Friday.
The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and Ahrar Al-Sham Movement joined forces on Thursday night to launch an attack on the Syrian Army in the Western countryside of al-Salamiyah city.
The terrorists attacked the Tal Kharfan area of Eastern Hama, resulting in the capture of several points.
At dawn on Friday, the army’s 11th Tank Division launched an attack in the Tal Kharfan area, recapturing all the points they lost to the terrorists the night before.
The Syrian Army troops resumed their military operations in Deir Ezzur’s largest island on Friday, in a new bid to take control of the crossing to the Hatla district.
The army men, led by detachments from the Republican Guard and 5th Legion, attacked ISIL’s defense line at Sakar Island’s Central Park, scoring a new advance after a fierce battle against the terrorists.
Sakar Island is situated directly East of the Deir Ezzur Military Airport; its proximity to this strategic installation makes it a top priority for the Syrian Army’s High Command.
Once Sakar Island is cleared of ISIL terrorists, the army will turn its attention to the Hatla district that is located along the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Hatla was once inhabited by a large Shiite population; however, most of the civilians fled this district after terrorists executed more than 60 people in a massacre.
The Syrian Army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Homs and captured two more villages, tightening noose on the terrorists in the Central parts of the war-hit country, military sources said Friday.
The army men pushed ISIL back from the villages of al-Mazbal and Mas’adah in al-Shourmeriyeh mountain, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
Field sources said earlier that the Syrian army engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists in the surrounding areas of Jubb al-Jarah region East of Homs, and took control of Mazin al-Baqar village.
The army units also advanced towards the Tal Ayed al-Hassoun to the East of al-Masoudieh village in the outskirts of Jubb al-Jarah and took military control of the region.
The Syrian army troops killed a large number of terrorists and destroyed their military equipment in Eastern Homs.