Syria

Syria in Past 24 Hours: Army Imposes Control over 99 Percent of Quneitra

The Syrian government forces managed to capture four more regions in Quneitra on Wednesday after a sum of 300 terrorists retreated towards Northern Syria.

Quneitra

A sum of 300 terrorists withdrew from the town of Jabata al-Khashab and the nearby villages along with their family members on 6 buses and moved towards Northern Syria via the Ofaniyeh passageway.

Later, the army entered the towns of Jabata al-Khashab, Toranja, al-Horiyeh and Ofaniyeh in Northern Quneitra to come in control of 99 percent of the province.

Meantime, local sources said that terrorists plan to retreat from the towns of Barqiyeh and Beir al-Ajam to Northern Syria soon, adding that once the two towns come under government control, the army’s mission in Quneitra will be accomplished.

Raqqa

A fresh round of clashes was reported on Wednesday between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and civilians in Raqqa city.

A number of civilians engaged in heavy fighting with the SDF in Baq al-Rashid district in Raqqa city, leaving a number of people and gunmen injured.

The SDF has put its militants on alert following the clashes.

In the meantime, the SDF seized people’s shops in al-Sina’ah and al-Hadid streets in Raqqa city, claiming that the shops once belonged to the ISIL.

Also in the past 24 hours, the SDF handed over Tabaqa city’s General Hospital to Damascus after talks between the SDF and Damascus officials two days ago, a media outlet reported.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting that the SDF has handed over Tabaqa General Hospital to the Syrian government as enshrined in an agreement endorsed by the SDF and Damascus officials at the end of last week, which also requires the central government to start services in the region.

In the meantime, the SDF also handed over 35 bodies of the Syrian soldiers of the 93rd Brigade killed by the ISIL in Ein Issa in Raqqa on Tuesday afternoon.

Dara’a

The Syrian government troops liberated Hawz Yarmouk region in Southwestern Dara’a on Wednesday, and purged the Southern part of country of terrorists.

The army men stormed ISIL positions and captured the villages of Kouya and Beit Areh in Hawz Yarmouk.

The army soldiers further advanced towards al-Qusayr region, the last ISIL stronghold and captured it, imposing control over the entire Hawz Yarmouk.

ISIL suffered heavy casualties and over 100 terrorists surrendered to the Syrian military.

The army liberated the entire Southern part of the country after imposing control over Hawz Yarmouk and accomplished its mission in Dara’a province.

Lattakia

The Syrian Army units conducted a heavy surprise attack on the positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Northern Lattakia near the border with Turkey, destroying over twenty strongholds of the militants on Tuesday night.

The army’s elite forces, backed up by missile and artillery units, carried out a massive surprise attack on Tahrir al-Sham in al-Saraf region near Northern Lattakia’s border with Turkey, destroying over 20 positions.

Terrorists were launching their attacks on the army from al-Saraf region.

Most members of the terrorist groups in Northeastern Lattakia are Turkish, Uzbek, Chechen, Turkistani and from the Persian Gulf’s Arab states.

Aleppo

One of the commanders of Faylaq al-Sham was gunned down by a Kurdish sniper in occupied Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, a media outlet reported on Wednesday.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as reporting that a notorious field commander of Faylaq al-Sham, affiliated to the Turkish army was killed after a YPG sniper opened fire at him along a road to Jandaris region.

Hawar news further said that one of the bases of Ankara-backed Sultan Morad militants in Shera region came under the YPG fighters’ attack that left two militants dead and another one injured.

The total number of casualties of the Turkish troops and their allied militants stand now at 2,541 in Afrin battle.

Also on Wednesday, Ankara-backed militants clashed again over their share of the looted assets in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo.

The Ankara-backed militants that had plundered civilians’ assets engaged in fresh infighting over their shares in Rajou region.

A number of gunmen have reportedly been killed or wounded in the infighting.

A large number of civilians are leaving the Afrin region after militants started plundering their properties, insecurity and infighting in the region.

Local sources said that the Turkish troops and allied militants routinely arrest people, including the old, for different excuses and torture them.

Also on Wednesday, people in the Northern town of Manbij have hoisted government flags in the town, preparing for the Syrian Army troops’ imminent arrival, a media outlet reported on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources as reporting that civilians in Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo have hoisted the government flags across the town, preparing for a warm welcome ceremony as the army is regaining control over the town following talks between the Kurds and Damascus officials two days ago.

Al-Watan said that civilians have prepared banners to welcome the army at the Western entrance of the town where the army is expected to enter Manbij.

Manbij residents have also repaired and reconstructed police stations in the town and along the Aleppo international highway to Manbij to hand over their control to the army forces, al-Watan further said.

It quoted a member of the Manbij Military Council as reporting that the Syrian government flags have been hoisted over the highest point of the town over Municipality Palace Building near al-Karank square that is a sign of Damascus’ reign over the region.

Idlib

Terrorists have been deeply affected by the possible consequences of the Syrian Army’s imminent operation in Idlib, trying to find safe ways to escape the province, field sources reported on Wednesday.

The sources said that the Turkish Army has deployed forces along the border with Syria as the Damascus forces are preparing for an imminent operation in the Northwestern part of the country.

The sources went on to say that the terrorists are deeply concerned about “the government forces’ upcoming operation and Turkish forces’ betrayal”, and are paying a hefty amount of money to leave Idlib for Turkey and European states before the army starts the operation.

The sources said that the army has dispatched several convoys, including a large number of forces and equipment, to the contact lines with the Ankara-backed terrorists in Idlib, Hama, Lattakia and Aleppo provinces.

The army will soon forward more troops from the Southern part of the country to the North in preparation for the operation in Idlib.

Sweida

The Syrian Army troops, backed up by the country’s Air Force, engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to fend off terrorists’ heavy attack on KhalKhala military airport in Northeastern Sweida on Wednesday.

The army men exchanged heavy fire with ISIL that tried to prevail over government forces’ positions in Khalkhala airbase in Northeastern Sweida from Eastern Badiyeh (desert) and managed to ward off the offensive, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.

In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the depth of Northeastern Badiyeh of Sweida, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

Other army units stormed ISIL’s positions in the villages of Rami and Um Rawaq in Northeastern Syria, destroying their strongholds.

ISIL suffered heavy casualties and the remaining pockets of the terrorists retreated from the battlefield after the attack failed.

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