Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (March 31, 2016)
General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides
Truce agreements have been signed with elders of two inhabited localities of the Hama province. The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 53.
Preliminary ceasefire joining agreements with two inhabited areas of the Damascus province have been achieved.
In the Damascus province, negotiations with field commanders of three armed formations on joining the ceasefire regime have been held. As a result, one of them has signed the ceasefire agreement.
The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has reached 44.
Results of ceasefire monitoring
The ceasefire regime has been observed in most provinces. Within last 24 hours, 10 ceasefire violations have been registered (Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus – 3 for each, Idlib – 1).
Mortar shelling against Kurdish militia detachments in Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo) is continued.
Militants of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, performed mortar shelling against positions of the government troops in Kermel, Sandraf and Saraf from Shamruran (Latakia province).
Jaysh al-Islam militants opened fire against living houses in suburbs of Damascus for three times: two times from Zibdin against al-Maliha and al-Sahiyah, and once from al-Rishan against Haush al-Fara village.
In the Idlib province, unidentified armed formations carried out mortar shelling against Fua from Binnish.
Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces did not make strikes on armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.
Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria
Humanitarian aid has been provided to civilians of the Aleppo province for the first time. Citizens of Blat and Kabra, which had been liberated from militants, have received 4.4 tons of food products.
Citizens of 6 inhabited localities of northern Latakia (Beit Shakuhi, Kfariyah, Talla, Beit al-Zikra, Ruaset Beit Shbab, Shufan) have received 4.5 tons of humanitarian aid with food products.
Forward mine-clearing detachment of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces has arrived at the Hmeymim airbase. The Russian sappers are to clear Palmyra from explosives by request of the Syrian leadership.
Units of the Mine Action Centre are equipped with modern robotic mine-clearing complexes capable to defuse explosive devices of any complexity.
The Syrian government troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces continue fighting against ISIS terrorists in regions close to Palmyra and al-Qaryatayn.
First units of Russian demining experts arrive in Syria to demine Palmyra
31 March، 2016
The first units of the joint detachment of the International Anti-Mine Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation arrived at the Hmeimim airbase on Thursday to take part in a mine clearing operation in the city of Palmyra, Russian Defense Ministry said.
“Today, the first units of the joint detachment of the International Anti-Mine Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation arrived at the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian Arab Republic to take part in humanitarian demining of life support facilities in the historic part of the ancient city of Palmyra,” said the ministry’s statement.
Earlier, a Russian military source announced that a total of 100 Russian military engineers and dog trainers will be sent to Syria to help demine Palmyra.
Russian General Staff: None of Palmyra’s cultural treasures were damaged due to Russian airstrikes against ISIS targets
31 March، 2016
Russian General Staff said that reports affirm that ISIS terrorist organization planted mines and explosive devices in an area more than 180 hectares in Palmyra before most of their members were killed while others fled deep into the desert (Badiya) under the Syrian army’s strikes.
Sergei Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff said in a statement published by RT Russian website “Approximately 180 hectares (about 445 acres) of Palmyra’s historical and residential districts need to be cleared of landmines and explosives.”
Rudskoy pointed out that the mine-clearing effort is complicated, noting that the first team of Russian demining experts arrived in Syria to take part in dismantling mines in the archeological city and the residential neighborhoods.
Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy explained that the mine-clearing effort is complicated by the fact that along with standard military-grade landmines, ISIS militants used numerous improvised explosive devices to booby-trap Palmyra. Therefore, Russian-made Uran-2 specialized sapper robots will be employed to clear out the most problematic areas.
According to Rudskoy, the liberation of Palmyra has a strategic importance due its location in the central part of Syria where roads from Palmyra go to Damascus, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Raqqa, and Deir Ezzor, as well as to the oil and gas fields in the surrounding areas.
“The liberation of Palmyra will hamper the terrorists’ capabilities, redeployment and transfer between the northern and southern regions of Syria,” Rudskoi said.
“The loss of control over territories rich in natural resources will negatively affect the terrorists’ economic and financial situation, and hamper their ability to buy weapons, munitions and equipment,” Rudsko added.
Rudskoi pointed out that military advisors took part directly in liberating Palmyra, noting that on March 7- 27 Russia’s Aerospace Forces flew about 500 sorties in near Palmyra to launch more than 2,000 air strikes against ISIS terrorists, destroying their supporting centers and launchers.
“ The attacks in the first place wiped out the main strongholds and artillery positions on all commanding heights,” he explained, adding “ In Palmyra’s suburb at the beginning of March there were over 4000 terrorists, no less than 25 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, over 20 units of standard and rocket artillery, over 40 mortars, about 100 anti-tank guided missiles and more than 50 armored vehicles, in addition to that, the terrorist had over 100 trucks converted into car bombs and UAVs,” Rudskoy said.
“None of Palmyra’s cultural treasures were damaged due to Russian airstrikes against ISIS targets, Rudskoy emphasized. “ During the entire operation, planes from the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out airstrikes exclusively against known terrorist facilities.” “I would like to emphasize that none of Palmyra’s cultural treasures were damaged as a result of Russian Aerospace Forces operations”.
On Sunday, units of the army in cooperation with popular defense groups restored security and stability to Palmyra and established control over the archeological city and the airport after fierce fighting during which ISIS terrorist organization suffered heavy losses in personnel and munitions.
Syrian army, Russian aircraft keep fighting terrorists near Palmyra
MOSCOW, March 31 /TASS/. The Syrian army, with support from Russia’s Aerospace Forces, keeps fighting militants of the Islamic State terrorist group near Palmyra, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said in a news bulletin Thursday.
“The government troops of the Syrian Arab Republic, with support from Russia’s Aerospace Forces, keep conducting military operations against ISIL terrorists in areas adjoining Palmyra and Al-Karyatein,” the report posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website said.
The Syrian army recaptured Palmyra March 27. The city had been controlled by militants of the Islamic State terrorist group since May 2015.
Earlier Thursday, Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate chief Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said the operation to liberate Palmyra was planned with participation of Russian military advisers.
Rudskoy said Russia’s Aerospace Forces made over 2,000 strikes to support the Syrian troops. Besides, Russian special operations forces were involved in the effort to recapture the ancient city.
Russia says British report on civilian deaths under Russian bombs based on speculations
Russia has criticized Britain’s Airwars Monitoring Group (AMG) report, which claims that Russian air strikes have caused huge civilian casualties in Syria.
It is based on speculations invented by British human rights activists, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists on Thursday.
The general described the AMG as a “new signboard” of British exposers from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and similar organizations.
“Suffice it to look at the personalities of AMG ‘analysts’ to discover a category of experts called ‘international journalists’, which has been growingly popular of late, among them. By the way, part of them are also members of another expert community called Bellingcat, which is notoriously famous for its allegations about Russia’s complicity to the Malaysian Boeing crash over Ukraine [in July 2014],” Konashenkov went on to say.
He said he was surprised that all those anti-Russian “experts”, “analysts”, “activists”, “human rights activists” and simply those who hate Russia are growing up and proliferating like poisonous mushrooms in Britain. “However, the absolute credulity and lack of criticism of some Russian business and economic media outlets, which are taking the works of the ‘British scientists’ seriously is no less surprising,” Konashenkov stressed.
The Russian Defense Ministry has many times refuted accusations that the Russian air strikes caused deaths among civilians in Syria. Viktor Bondarev, the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, said in mid-March that the Russian warplanes had not missed a single target since the military operation got under way in September last year.
Truce regime in Syria violated 10 times over past day
The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria has registered 10 violations of the ceasefire regime over the past 24 hours, the center said Thursday in a statement posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.
“The regime of cessation of hostilities has been observed in most governorates. Over the past day, 10 violations have been registered [in the governorates of Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus – three in each and one in Idlib],” the document stated.
The center said mortar shelling of the Kurdish self-defense detachments continue in the city of Aleppo in the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood. Unknown assailants also mortared the town of Al-Fu’ah in the Idlib Governorate, with fire delivered from the area of the Binnish inhabited locality, it said.
Besides, the Ahrar ash-Sham group in the Latakia Governorate shelled from mortars the positions of the government troops in the inhabited localities of Kermel, Sandran and Saraf, the news bulletin said.
“Militants of Jaysh al-Islam thrice opened mortar fire on residential buildings of a Damascus suburb,” it said.
Russian and Syrian aircraft have not delivered strikes on armed formations who announced cessation of hostilities, the bulletin said.
The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. Shortly before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.
The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.
The United Nations has noted that the ceasefire regime, despite separate cases of violations, has been observed on the whole and has led to a considerable reduction of the level of violence in Syria.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
On March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military “have been fulfilled on the whole.” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said March 25 that at least 255,000 people have been killed in Syria during the war. Ban called for the soonest possible termination of the conflict and noted the role Russia and the United States play in efforts on peace settlement.
He said 4 million Syrians have become refugees and another 12 million people inside of the country need humanitarian assistance. Ban added that most part of Syria lies in ruins – over 50% of infrastructure has been destroyed.
On March 24, the first round of indirect intra-Syrian talks ended in Geneva. Their participants – a delegation of the Syrian government and a delegation of the opposition – did not meet each other but communicated through special envoy of the UN secretary general on Syria Staffan de Mistura.
Discussions are due to resume in the first half of April.
Russian humanitarian aid reaches six settlements of Latakia province
Russia has delivered humanitarian aid to six settlements of Syrian Latakia province, an information bulletin of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warrying Sides in Syria said on Thursday.
It said 4.5 tons of humanitarian aid, mostly food, were handed over to residents of the six settlements.
Earlier reports said that on Thursday, the population of Aleppo province received humanitarian aid for the first time. “Residents of Blat and Kabra settlements, liberated from militants, have received 4.4 tons of food,” said the information bulletin posted on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry.
ISIS loses more members, command centers and vehicles in army operations
31 March، 2016
Military operations across the country continued on Thursday, with the army units, in cooperation with the popular resistance, targeting terrorist organizations’ positions and dens and repelling their attack attempts in various areas, leaving many of their members dead and wounded.
The popular resistance in the eastern area killed 30 ISIS terrorists in separate areas in Deir Ezzor and its countryside.
Local sources in al-Mayadeen city told SANA that members of the popular resistance, backed by the locals of the city and the villages of Saalou, al-Shaheil in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, clashed with ISIS terrorists, killing 10 of them.
Other Five terrorists of the so called ” al-Hesba” were killed in an ambush carried out by the popular resistance in al-Ghabra village , 130 km east of Deir Ezzor city.
In a special operation of the popular resistance in al-Bukamal city, Four ISIS terrorists also were killed.
In Deir Ezzor city, at least 11 ISIS terrorists were killed in al-Sina’a neighborhood and the train rail, according to the local sources.
An army unit targeted gathering for ISIS terrorist organization in Tal Asheiheb al-Janoubi in northeastern countryside of Sweida province, a military source said.
Heavy losses were inflicted upon ISIS terrorists in personnel and weaponry , the source added.
Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, thwarted an attack by ISIS terrorists on a number of military posts in al-Sheikh Hilal village in al-Salamiyeh area in Hama eastern countryside, destroying 3 vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.
In the same context, a source on the ground told SANA that army units and the popular defense groups fired intensively on sites and gatherings of ISIS terrorists in al-Rahjan, Um al-Mayal and Abu Hanaya villages in the eastern part of al-Salamiyeh during the last 24 hours.
A command center and a weapons and ammunition depot were destroyed in the operations, which also left a number of terrorists dead.
Yesterday night, army units clashed with ISIS terrorists who attacked military checkpoints in the area surrounding Wadi al-Azib in the eastern countryside of al-Salamiyeh, killing at least 10 terrorists and destroying one of their vehicles before the other terrorists fled.
In the meantime, army units firmly established posts in the area surrounding Tabaret al-Dibe hill and the surrounding hills after bringing under their firing range the villages of Abu Hbeilat, Abu Hanaya, Salba and other villages that are considered first lines of defense for ISIS in the direction of Ekeirbat, the main stronghold of ISIS in Hama eastern countryside.
New terrorist shelling attacks hit Damascus and Dier Ezzor
31 March، 2016
A woman was killed when ISIS terrorists targeted Harabesh neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city with a rocket shell on Thursday.
Local sources said in a statement to SANA reporter that ISIS terrorists fired on Thursday afternoon a rocket shell on Harabesh residential neighborhood south east of Deir Ezzor city.
The attack killed a woman and caused material damage to locals’ houses and properties.
Two women were killed and 13 other civilians were injured on March 13th when ISIS terrorists targeted residential areas in al-Joura and al-Qusour neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor.
In a new breach of the cessation of hostilities agreement, terrorists fired a mortar shell on Masaken Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus city on Thursday.
The shell was fired by terrorists positioned in Eastern Ghouta, a source at Damascus Police Command told SANA.
Two cars were burned and a number of houses sustained damage in the attack, according to the source
Until Wednesday evening, the cessation of hostilities in the country, which came into effect on February 27, has been breached at least 230 times by the terrorist organizations. Most of the incidents took place in Aleppo, Damascus, Lattakia and Hama.
Qabas /H. Said
Israel continues transporting injured terrorists to its hospitals
31 March، 2016
Occupied Jerusalem, SANA
The Israeli authorities continue supporting the terrorist organizations in Syria through transporting injured terrorists to receive treatment in Israeli hospitals.
A wounded person was transported from Syria to Nahariya Hospital two days ago, the Israeli Channel 2 TV reported, quoting an Israeli officer.
He noted that the person met with his brother, who was also injured and taken to Zeev Hospital three weeks before.
Although the Israeli occupation authorities refuse to disclose the exact number of terrorists who have received treatment in Israeli hospitals, Channel 2 pointed out that the injured are being moved quietly and that their number has reached 2100 since 2011.
Syrian Army Starts Reconstruction of Palmyra Military Airport
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army’s engineering units started repairing and reconstructing Palmyra (Tadmur) military airport in a bid to pave the way for it to resume its routine activities and operations.
The army’s engineers are working hard to prepare the Palmyra military airport for the upcoming operations against the Takfiri terrorists.
Palmyra airport is regarded an important air base for the Syrian army’s military choppers and fighter jets.
Tadmur which was under the ISIL control is an important center for the army’s future military operations to win back strategic regions, specially in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces.
The importance of Palmyra airport lies in the fact that it is located between al-Tal and al-Hayel mountains and to al-Sukhneh to the North and Quaryatayn to the South.
Palmyra military airport is close to Deir Ezzur and Raqqa cities which are high strategic importance.
The Syrian army is preparing for taking control of several oilfields in al-Sukhneh.
Other army units are moving Southward towards al-Quaryatayn which is an important economic hub because several oil and gas pipelines pass through it.
The Syrian army is also planning to prevent the ISIL terrorist group from gaining access to al-Qalamoun mountainous regions in Damascus countryside.
In a relevant development on Wednesday, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi underlined that the recent victory of his country’s army in winning back Palmyra will surely pave the upcoming advances in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces.
“The military gains achieved by the Syrian army and the popular is of a great military and political significance which will open the doors for moving eastward and northward towards the Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces,” the Arabic-language media outlets quoted al-Zoubi as saying.
He reiterated that the link between the military operation in Palmyra and continuing it towards Deir Ezzur and Raqqa has nothing to do with the cessation of hostilities.
“No one could ask the Syrian army to stop its fight against ISIL terrorist organization,” al-Zoubi said.
The Syrian information minister expressed doubt about the seriousness of the US-led international anti-ISIL, and said, “The coalition’s fight has not yielded any results on the ground.”
On Sunday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces confirmed that Palmyra and the mountains and hills overlooking it have now come under the army’s full control.
“Security and stability has been restored to Palmyra following a series of precise and effective military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces,” the Army Command said in a statement.
The ISIL terrorist organization has been dealt quite a heavy blow with army’s capture of Palmyra, said the Army Command, adding that the achievement has severely damaged the terrorists’ morale and pressed the start button for the organization’s collapse and defeat.
“This achievement proves that our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.
The Army Command clarified that the importance of today’s achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever.
With Palmyra city under control, military operations against ISIL will expand starting from this springboard towards various axes and directions, on top being Deir Ezzur and Raqqa, especially that this victory helps in further tightening the noose around ISIL terrorists and cutting off their supply routes in areas under their control until having these areas fully freed, the statement explained.
The statement made it clear that the army, together with the popular defense groups and the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, will go ahead with military operations against ISIL and al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations.
Army, Kurdish Forces Continue Advances in Different Battlefields
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and Kurdish forces continued their military operations against ISIL, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups across the country, destroying their weaponry and killing many of their members in the last 24 hours.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of a strategic village in Hasaka province.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured in tough battle with the Syrian army and Kurdish forces over past 24 hours.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) continued their advances against the ISIL terrorists in Hasaka province, inching closer to winning back the key village.
The SDF and YPG forces are now on the verge of seizing back al-Maleha village which is located 30 kilometers to the Southwest of al-Shadadi region in Hasaka province.
The Kurdish forces are less than 4 kilometers from al-Maleha which is located between Abu Khashb in Raqqa province and Hasaka city.
Informed military sources said that vast areas in Hasaka, Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces are scenes of bloody clashes between Kurdish forces and the ISIL terrorists.
Kurdish parties are already in control of three administrations in Syria’s North near the Turkish border. The regions are known as Afrin and Kobani, both in Aleppo Province, as well as Jazira in Hasaka Province.
The Syrian army and popular forces foiled an attempt by the ISIL terrorist group to penetrate into the Syrian army’s military positions near Hazm al-Gharbiat height from the direction of al-Hazm al-Awsat mountains in the Western part of Quaryatayn town.
The terrorists’ attempt came just a day after the army units took full control of Hazm al-Gharbiat height by moving from Jabil mountain towards Hazm al-Awsat mountains.
Meantime, the Syrian government troops destroyed three bomb-laden vehicles of the terrorists near Hazm al-Gharbiat height.
The Kurdish fighters killed scores of Takfiri terrorists, including a notorious leader, in fierce clashes with them in the Northern province of Aleppo on Wednesday.
At least seven terrorists, including a senior Al-Nusra Front commander, were killed in fierce fighting in Aleppo province, an informed source announced.
“In the morning, a group of militants fired mortars and heavy weapons at several villages in the vicinity of the towns of Minaq and A’zaz and attacked the Kurdish militia there; fierce fighting is underway there,” the source added.
He reiterated that the Kurdish fighters are fighting two other terrorist groups in Afrin canton located in Syria’s Aleppo province.
The ISIL executed several terrorists of its rival Al-Nusra Front as the infighting further intensified between them in Damascus countryside on Wednesday.
At least 10 Al-Nusra Front terrorists were executed by the ISIL in al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside.
In a relevant development on Tuesday, the infighting between the al-Nusra Front and the ISIL terrorists intensified in Damascus countryside.
One day after bloody clashes between the ISIL and the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Western Qalamoun, the Takfiri terrorists in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp also engaged in tough battle, field sources revealed.
The Syrian fighter jets hit hard and destroyed the military positions and gathering centers of the ISIL in Homs province, inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiri terrorists.
The army units destroyed the ISIL’s military hardware, including machinegun-equipped and armored vehicles, in the Eastern part of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur).
The Syrian air raids also resulted in destroying fortifications of the ISIL in the Southern part of al-Tafha village near Jebb al-Jarrah area, some 80 Km to the East of Homs city.
Scores of the ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in tough battle with the Syrian government forces.
The Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances against the ISIL terrorists in the Eastern part of Hama province, and took control of a strategic region after inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiri terrorists.
The Syrian government troops seized back Tabara al-Diba region in Eastern Hama.
Scores of ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in tough battle with the Syrian army.
Popular Forces Win Back Strategic Oilfield in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian popular forces won back a strategic oilfield in Deir Ezzur province.
The popular forces took full control of ravished oilfield in the Northern part of Deir Ezzur province after withdrawal of ISIL forces from there.
Scores of militants were killed and wounded in heavy clashes with the Syrian army and popular forces on Thursday.
In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances in two strategic regions in Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Syria, killing and wounding scores of the ISIL terrorists.
The army units attacked the ISIL’s military positions in the towns of al-Mayadeen and al-Ashara in Deir Ezzur province.
The Syrian government troops killed at least four ISIL terrorists in Tebbiya region in al-Mayadeen town in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur.
The army units also hit hard the ISIL in al-Ashara town also located in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur. At least five ISIL terrorists, including three Saudi nationals, were killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian arm
Also on Monday, the Syrian army foiled an attempt by the ISIL terrorist group to penetrate into its military positions in the Eastern part of Deir Ezzur military airport, killing scores of Takfiri terrorists.
The ISIL terrorists tried to penetrate into al-Mura’yeh and Huweija fronts near Deir Ezzur military airport, but they were pushed back by the Syrian army.
“At least five terrorists were killed and many more were injured in heavy clashes with the government troops,” army sources said.
Also on Saturday, the Syrian army hit hard and destroyed the ISIL’s military positions in the Eastern part of Deir Ezzur as the country’s air force continued pounding the Takfiri terrorist group’s gathering centers in strategic farms and villages across the province.
The Syrian air force pounded the ISIL’s military positions in al-Mura’yeh farms and Jafreh village.
Syrian Army, Air Force Hit Hard ISIL’s Military Positions Near Quaryatayn
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued pounding the ISIL terrorists’ military positions and gathering centers in different parts of the city of Quaryatayn in Homs province on Thursday.
The army units hit hard the ISIL terrorists in Southern, Southwestern and Northern parts of Quaryatayn region in Homs province.
The army’s artillery units backed up by Russian and Syrian fighter jets hit the ISIL’s fortifications and gathering centers in al-Sukhneh region.
Scores of ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in the Syrian army’s attacks on Thursday.
In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances in the Eastern part of Homs province, and seized back two strategic regions near the town of Quaryatayn.
The army units took full control of the Southern Farms and Height 861 in the surrounding area of Quaryatayn town in Homs province.
Scores of militants were killed and wounded in heavy clashes with the Syrian government troops near Quaryatayn.
Also on Tuesday, the Syrian army seized back a strategic height near the town of Quaryatayn.
The army units took full control of Hazm al-Gharbiat height by moving from Jabil mountain towards Hazm al-Awsat mountains in the Western part of Quaryatayn town.
The Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and destroyed their armored vehicle killing all its crew members.
On Monday, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement started fresh military operations against the terrorists’ military positions Quaryatayn town in Homs province, and seized control of a strategic hill in the region in the first phase of the operation.
The army units attacked the terrorists’ positions in Quaryatayn.
The Syrian army and resistance forces seized back Mantar al-Ramliya Hill in Taloul al-Soud area in the Western part of Quaryatayn town early in the first phase of their massive operations.
The Syrian army started its fresh operations after it cut the terrorists’ supply routes to the ancient city of Palmyra which is also located in Eastern Homs.
Meantime, the Syrian army’s artillery units heavily pounded the terrorists’ positions in Quaryatayn.