Syria in the Last 24 Hours

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Child killed in terrorist mortar attack in Damascus Countryside
10 September، 2015
Damascus countryside/Hama, SANA

A girl child was killed due to a terrorist mortar attack on al-Sayyeda Zainab town in Damascus Countryside.

A police source said that two mortar shells fired by terrorists landed on Gharba district in al-Sayyda Zainab town to the south of Damascus, causing the death of five-years-old girl.

The attack also caused material damage in citizens’ possessions.

Meanwhile, attacks with mortar shells inflicted material damage on public and private properties in al-Saan town in the eastern countryside of Hama, central Syria.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorist organizations targeted on Thursday morning with more than 20 mortar shells al-Saan town to the north of al-Salamia city.

The attack also caused material damage to citizens’ properties with no human injures, the source added.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

Material losses in terrorist attacks in Hama
10 September، 2015
Hama, SANA

Attacks with mortar shells inflicted material damage on public and private properties in al-Saan town in the eastern countryside of Hama.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorist organizations targeted on Thursday morning with more than 20 mortar shells al-Saan town to the north of al-Salamia city.

The attack also caused material damage to citizens’ properties with no human injures, the source added.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

Army advances on several fronts against terrorists
10 September، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The army continues to crack down on terrorists in several provinces, killing increasing numbers of terrorists and destroying their weaponry.

Zabadani, Damascus countryisde

The army, in cooperation with Lebanese resistance, established control on more buildings which overlook al-Zabadani valley into Sirghaya town to the north of al-Zabadani.

Meanwhile, units of the army achieved more progress in al-Nabou’ nihgborhood towards the city center.

Sweida

A unit of the army and armed forces on Thursday morning carried out a special operation against dens of ISIS terrorists in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the army bombarded a den of ISIS terrorists with their vehicles in the surroundings of Tal Sa’ad in the northeastern countryside of the province.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured, and their machinegun- equipped vehicles were destroyed in the bombardments.

Earlier on Wednesday, authorities arrested, in cooperation with locals, members of an armed terrorist group in a thicket in the southeastern countryside of Sweida province.

Initial investigations showed that the terrorists -17 in number- were heading to the east of the Province where terrorist organization of “the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” ISIS members spread, pointing out the continuation of investigations.

Also, Wednsday a unit of the Army and Armed Forces, in cooperation with popular defense groups, thwarted an attempt by a group of ISIS terrorists to infiltrate from the direction of Sa’ad hill and Kherbet Sa’ad towards the surroundings of al-Boutheina field and hill, 35 kilometers to the northeast of Sweida city.

Daraa

An army unit killed terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra in Busra city in Daraa countryside.

Deir Ezzor

Army units in cooperation with popular defense groups thwarted terrorists of ISIS while they were trying to infiltrate towards Deir Ezzor Military Airport in northeastern Syria, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Local sources in Deir Ezzor told SANA that ISIS detonated five car bombs in the eastern part of the airport.

Dozens of terrorists were killed, many others were injured and numbers of their vehicles were destroyed along with all ammo inside them.

Army units carried out intensive strikes against ISIS’ gatherings and dens in the area surrounding the airport, killing scores.

Lattakia

At least 44 terrorists killed, others wounded during army operations in the northern countryside of Lattakia coastal province.

Homs

The army killed a number of ISIS terrorists and injured many others in Palmyra, inflicting heavy losses upon members of other terrorist organizations who were trying to infiltrate into one of the military points in the surrounding of Mariamen village in Homs north-western countryside.

An army unit also killed a number of terrorists in Taldou village in Houleh, 27 KM to the north-western side of Homs.

Other army units carried out successful operations against dens of terrorists in Haret al-Taleh in Rastan and al-sa’an in Homs northern countryside, eliminating a number of them.

Earlier, Army units killed several terrorists in Tadmour city (Palmyra), al-Tala quarter in al-Rastan and Taldo in Homs countryside.

Israel Conducts Airstrikes at Syrian Artillery near Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israel attacked a position of the Syrian Army in Zabadani that was used by government and Hezbollah’s joint troops to pound terrorists, according to a military source.

The Israeli Air Force has carried out airstrikes against an artillery position of the Syrian Army near the town of Zabadani, around 45 km (28 miles) from Syria’s capital Damascus, a military source told Sputnik on Thursday.

“Israeli Air Force planes carried out airstrikes at an artillery position belonging to the Syrian Army,” the source said. “The artillery was used by the army to repel attacks from militants in the eastern part of Zabadani.”

The source added that terrorists attacked Syrian army positions on the east side of Zabadani in the early hours of Thursday. The Syrian military, supported by the artillery shelling, managed to repel the attack after a three-hour battle.

After the Israeli Air Force carried out the airstrike, militants reportedly launched a second assault attempt, also repelled by the government’s forces, according to the source.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah troops on Wednesday completed their mop-up operations in the city of Zabadani that was seized back from the terrorists last week.

“The resistance forces have purged terrorists from Zabadani in a two-day operation,” an informed source told FNA on Wednesday.

The sources added that the terrorists had dug tunnels underneath the buildings in Zabadani to get to other parts of the city.

The Syrian army and popular forces seized the city of Zabadani on September 1.

On Sunday, military sources said that the Syrian Army and the Hezbollah, in their mop-up operations in Zabadani, uncovered one of the largest supply tunnels of rebel groups in Zabadani area.

The sources said that the Syrian Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – uncovered one of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s large supply tunnels that stretched from the Beit Al-Dalati neighborhood to the outskirts of Southern Zabadani.

The large tunnel unearthed by the Syrian army and Hezbollah was used by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham militants to resupply and reinforce their embattled combatants that were completely surrounded by the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance near Zabadani’s city-center.

Russia Sends Firearms, Grenade Launchers to Syrian Army to Counter ISIL

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia supplies Syrian government forces with firearms, grenade launchers and armored personnel carriers as the country is struggling with radical ISIL militants, said military-technical sources.

The supplies “are in accordance with international law and in line with all formalities and existing contracts (between the Russian and Syrian government),” the source told the Russian Kommersant daily on Thursday.

The weaponry and military hardware are needed to help the Syrian army counter the advances of ISIL terrorists, who have ceased areas in the country, the source explained, expressing confidence that the aid will significantly contribute to anti-ISIL efforts.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia provides “considerable” support to Syria in terms of equipment, training and weaponry.

Russian specialists were sent to Syria to teach local armed forces to operate Russian weapons.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that Russian military specialists deployed in Syria are not participating in military operations in the conflict-torn country and are limited to an “advisory role”.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 240,000 people, according to reports.

Russia has been engaged in international efforts to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria and has been providing humanitarian aid to the conflict-torn country.

Last week Putin said that Moscow and Washington were discussing the creation of an international anti-terrorism coalition, but cautioned that it was too early to discuss Russia getting involved in direct military action against ISIL militants.

The United States is leading an international coalition that has been conducting airstrikes allegedly against ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

Russia has repeatedly criticized the US-led coalition for not seeking approval from the UN Security Council and the Syrian government before launching the airstrikes.