Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Makes New Gains in Homs Province
The army units drove back the ISIL terrorists from several regions in Eastern Homs and paved their way to recapture more lands there.
The Syrian troops killed several terrorists and injured many more 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.
Pro-government forces in Syria continued to smash ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Homs, driving terrorist back from another strategic town on Saturday.
The army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL East of the town of al-Salamiyah and captured the key town of Souha.
Battlefield reports mentioned a large number of casualties on the side of the militants.
A police source reported earlier today that five people, including two children, were injured in ISIL’s rocket attacks on the town of al-Salamiyah, around 30 km East of Hama city.
A source at Hama Police Command told the country’s state news agency that ISIL terrorists fired 4 rocket shells on residential areas in al-Salamiyah, East of Hama province, injuring a child and causing material damage to citizens’ houses and properties.
The agency further said that the ISIL terrorists fired 5 more rockets at al-Salamiyah later in the day, injuring 4 people including a girl, and causing damage to people’s houses.
The Syrian Air Force and military helicopters staged heavy assaults on terrorists’ defense lines and strongholds in Eastern Ghouta and in the Southwestern territories of Damascus province near the border with Lebanon on Saturday.
The fighter jets bombed terrorists’ positions in Jobar and Ein Terma regions in Eastern Damascus, inflicting heavy casualties on the gunmen.
In the meantime, the choppers targeted the positions of Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in the town of Beit Jinn, South-West of Damascus province, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.
Militant-affiliated news websites reported last week that the Syrian Army forwarded a long convoy of armored vehicles and tanks along with a large number of fresh soldiers to the last bastion of the terrorists in the Western part of Damascus province.
The websites reported that the army sent 21 tanks, 16 BMP armored vehicles and tens of military vehicles along with a large number of forces to areas surrounding the militant-held town of Beit Jinn in Western Damascus.
Beit Jinn has been considered as the last stronghold of the terrorists in the Western part of Damascus province after their comrades in Darayya endorsed a peace agreement with the army last year.
The Syrian Army troops repelled ISIL’s heavy attack on their positions along a chunk of Deir Ezzur-Palmyra highway in Western Deir Ezzur, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
The army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and warded off their offensive in several positions along the highway that connects the towns of al-Shoula to Kabajeb.
The army killed and injured tens of terrorists and destroyed several military vehicles in the clashes.
Field sources confirmed that Deir Ezzur’s road to Raqqa province and also the road that connects 137th Artillery Brigade Base to Jabal al-Bushri region are both safe and secure now.
A military source reported that the Syrian warplanes and helicopters carried out a number of combat sorties over ISIL’s movements along a highway connecting Deir Ezzur and Palmyra cities to each other, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
The source said that the army aircraft and choppers targeted heavily ISIL’s positions and movements in the battlefield along Deir Ezzur-Palmyra highway and nearby regions in Western Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their military equipment in large scale.
The source further said that the Syrian Army troops are now carrying out mop-up operations to hunt the remaining pockets of ISIL terrorists in the region and restore security to the highway.
The source added that the army men also fended off ISIL’s heavy attacks on the government forces’ positions in Humeimeh and T3 regions South of the town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs, killing and wounding scores of terrorists.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a report that gunmen in two more settlements in Hama province joined truce with the Syrian army and government.
The ministry said that ceasefire agreements with militant groups were signed in two settlements in Hama over the past 24 hours as the situation in the country is gradually improving.
“Environment in Syria is being stabilized, and civilians are returning home. Over the last 24 hours, ceasefire agreements have been signed with representatives of illegal armed formations in two settlements – Qubaybat Abu al-Huda and Zighrin (Hama province),” Spokesman of the ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko said at a briefing.
Three humanitarian operations have been carried out over the past day to deliver more than 4 tons of food supplies to the citizens of Khan al-Shih in Damascus province. A sum of 350 food sets weighing 2 tons were also delivered to Tel Shnan in Homs province and 1.8 tons of food supplies were distributed among citizens of Humeimeh al-Kabirah in Aleppo province, the spokesman added.