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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Terrorists’ Attack on Gov’t Positions in Damascus

29 January 2018 15:35

 The Syrian army soldiers warded off terrorists’ attack on their positions in Damascus province after hours of clashes, inflicting major losses on them.

The terrorist attack to capture the government forces’ positions in the Eastern countryside of Damascus was 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 Deir Ezzur, over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in provinces across Syria.

Damascus

The Syrian Army repelled the terrorists’ massive attack on their key military positions in Harasta in Eastern Damascus after Al-Qaeda affiliated groups shrugged off the ceasefire agreement.

The Syrian army troops fiercely clashed with the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board), Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist groups who had attacked the Syrian army’s military positions near the Vehicle Management region in the town of Harasta in Eastern Damascus and thwarted their attacks.

In the meantime, the Syrian army’s artillery and missile units targeted the terrorists’ movements and positions in Harasta, Arbeen and Jobar.

The army troops, moreover, destroyed the bomb-laden vehicles of the terrorists before it could open its way into the Syrian army positions in the area.

The terrorist groups defied ceasefire with the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside despite declaration of truce in the region.

The terrorists’ operations room in Harasta in Eastern Damascus announced earlier on Sunday that it would not remain committed to ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta by any means and will continue its military operations in the surrounding areas of the Vehicle Management center.

This is while a spokesperson of Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group Manzar Fares said no party has held talks with Ahrar al-Sham about ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, stressing that the terrorist groups does not believe in the ceasefire agreement.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian army sent reinforcements to Southern Deir Ezzur, repelling ISIL’s attacks against its positions in the region.

The army forces engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists on Sunday after the latter attacked the army points in the village of al-Jala between the two towns of al-Mayadeen and Albu Kamal on the Western bank of the Euphrates in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

A large number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the clashes and their weapons and military equipment were smashed.

Field sources also reported that the Syrian army has dispatched a large number of its special forces from Homs province to Deir Ezzur with the aim of reinvigorating its positions on the Western banks of the Euphrates South of Deir Ezzur.

Aleppo

Tens of Turkish army soldiers and their affiliated militants as well as the Kurdish fighters were killed in clashes in the town of Afrin in Aleppo.

Turkish sources reported on Sunday that the army’s air force continued Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, pounding 42 positions of the Kurdish militants.

According to the sources, 394 Kurdish forces have been killed since the start of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.

Meantime, the Kurdish sources confirmed that during clashes on Saturday, tens of Turkey-backed militants, including a field commander of Faylaq al-Sham terrorist group, Mahmoud al-Dames nom de guerre Abu Rakan, were killed. Also two Turkish soldiers lost their lives in Chia region.

According to the report, the Kurdish forces also shot down 2 drones belonging to the Turkish army in the village of Adama.

The Kurdish and Turkish sources had also reported on Saturday that fierce clashes between the Kurds and Turkish Army in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo had inflicted hundreds of casualties on both warring sides.

The Turkish Army General Staff announced in a statement that 340 Kurdish fighters have been killed in the Olive Branch Operation by its soldiers and Ankara-backed militants in Afrin region in the last seven days.

It further said that a number of Kurdish fighters’ positions, trenches, bunkers and arms depots have also been destroyed in the operation.

“Three Turkish servicemen were killed during the country’s operations in Syria’s Afrin and 16 remain hospitalized,” said a Spokesperson of the Turkish Health Ministry.

In the meantime, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that the Turkish army and its allied militants have sustained 308 casualties, including four officers, during the clashes in Afrin region in the last seven days.

The SDF also confirmed the death of only 43 Kurdish fighters in Operation Olive Branch.

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