The army units are now in full control of several villages and strategic buildings in the Western countryside of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in the Eastern part of Homs province.
Scores of the ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in tough battle with the Syrian army and popular forces.
In a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian government forces and Desert Falcons fighters gained control over a strategically important height near Palmyra city.
The Syrian Army and Desert Falcons on Friday won another battle in Eastern Homs after hours of fierce clashes with the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
The Syrian soldiers and their allies have pushed back the Takfiri terrorists in the region near the ancient city of Palmyra, and captured the Qalaat Fakhr ad-Din al-Maani Castle, known as the “Palmyra Castle”.
The Syrian army soldiers and their allies have kept on marching on militant-held regions in Eastern Homs province in recent days to capture the strategic city of Palmyra which has been under the control of the ISIL since May 2015.
Government forces in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Hezbollah fighters and Syrian and Russian air forces have purged the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from 110 square kilometers of lands near Palmyra in the past 48 hours.
Several units of the Syrian army and their allies entered Palmyra through its Western gate on Wednesday and are still battling to free the city. As more army units are advancing towards the city from other directions, several battlefield reports said ISIL terrorists have been escaping the city and retreating to Raqqa, some 50km to the East of Palmyra.