The army men hit ISIL’s positions hard in al-Qalamoun mountain and managed to take control over several hills in the Eastern part of the mountain after hours of non-stop clashes.
A field source said that the ISIL left behind over 25 dead or wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces back from the battlefield towards al-Barada region in Homs province.
The source further added that the army soldiers will attack ISIL’s bases in al-Barada region from two directions after the army’s recent advances in Northern Damascus.
Also the army troops targeted heavily the gatherings and movements of terrorist groups in different parts of Damascus province on Saturday, killing or wounding tens of militants and destroying their equipment.
The army men hit terrorists’ concentration centers in al-Kasarat al-Manqoureh region, destroying a number of militants’ vehicles and killing a number of their crew.
The army troops also targeted a vehicle of a group of terrorists in the region of al-Maramel al-Hamra in al-Qalamoun al-Shaqi mountain, killing the entire militants in the vehicle.
In the meantime, the Syrian forces targeted terrorists’ strongholds in al-Qati’eh mountain, killing at least 10 militants and wounding several more.
The army’s engineering units carried out mop-up operation on al-Naseriyeh-Tadmur road to pave the ground for the government forces’ advances against terrorists in the region.