The army’s artillery and missile units shelled heavily ISIL’s movements and positions in the villages of Rasm al-Sab’ah, Um Sahrij, Abu Taraheh, Abu Jaris, Unq al-Hawa and al-Shandakhiyeh in Eastern Homs, destroying a missile launchpad and several positions.
The ISIL also suffered heavy casualties in the attacks.
In the meantime, the Syrian fighter jets pounded ISIL’s strongholds in the villages of Abu Taraheh, Abu Jaris, Unq al-Hawa, Northern Shandakhiyeh, East of Qatqat, Qasr Bin Rakan, West of Jabal (mount) al-Yatimiyeh and Manoukh, killing or wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their positions and military vehicles.
Relevant reports said on Tuesday that the army troops, with the back of the special forces, launched a fresh round of operations and cut off the entire supply lines from Palmyra to ISIL’s defense lines, hitting ISIL’s positions in Eastern Homs from three directions, including the desert region and hills regardless of the US-led coalition’s warning of halting military operations in Southern Syria.
In the meantime, the army units made fresh advances in Qasr al-Hayereh al-Qarbi and the road to the town of Quaryatayn and managed to take control over key hills and positons, including Syriatel hill, paving the way to recapture the town of Bardeh.
The source further said that the army utilized a number of special forces that had gone under desert-war trainings, adding that the army units were also equipped with modern military hardware.