Syrian Front: Victory at al-Qaryatain

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 3, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Truce agreement has been signed with elders of an inhabited locality of the Hama province. The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 57.

Preliminary agreements with representatives of two inhabited localities in the Hama and Damascus on joining ceasefire regime have been achieved.

Negotiations with field commanders of two armed formations active in the Hama provinces on joining ceasefire regime are continued.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 44.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire regime in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed. In the course of last 24 hours, 11 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 7, Aleppo – 3, and Damascus – 1).

In the Latakia province, militants of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, carried out mortar shelling against positions of the government troops near Nahshebba and Ikko.

Mortar shelling of units of the Syrian Armed Forces near Sandran Deiruna, Shmaisa and Mazraat Omaro (Latakia province) has continued.

Ahrar al-Sham armed grouping performed shelling with improvised multiple launch rocket systems against military airfield near Minnik from al-Jandul (Aleppo).

Sultan Murad Brigade performed two attacks with improvised multiple launch rocket systems and large-caliber machine guns against Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo) from Sakan al-Shababi. Six civilians were killed and 4 ones were wounded.

Militants of Jaysh al-Islam shelled positions of the Syrian troops in Jaubar (Damascus) from al-Kasa with mortars and small arms.

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

Specialists of the Russian Centre in cooperation with administration of the Daraa province delivered 2.5 tons of humanitarian aid with food products to citizens of Karfa.

Humanitarian convoy for citizens of Aleppo and 3 inhabited localities of the Hama province is being formed.

Additional information

Second group of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces has arrived in Palmyra. The Russian sappers started preparing for clearing infrastructure and historical part of the city.

Jabhat al-Nusra formations continue performing acts of provocations in the north-west of Aleppo.

Militants fired 9 bombs against area of the Aleppo University from al-Rashidin. A woman has been badly wounded.

After mortar shelling of positions of the government troops, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists took efforts to continue offensive, which they had started previous day, and capture Mrekes (Aleppo province). Terrorists met strong resistance. They lost 12 men and retreated to positions, which they had kept before.

Syrian Armed Forces brought back control over Abu Rvel.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Army Command: Victory at al-Qaryatain ensures oil and gas pipeline security and blocking ISIS supply routes
3 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces confirmed Sunday that the army units, aided by the popular defense groups and backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces, restored security and stability to al-Qaryatain city and the farms surrounding it in southeastern Homs.

In a statement, the Army Command said retaking al-Qaryatain city is just another severe blow to ISIS terrorists, following their successive defeats in tens of villages and towns in eastern Aleppo, and most recently in Palmyra.

The statement described the military operation in al-Qaryatain as “precise” and “swift” during which large numbers of ISIS terrorists were killed after all their supply routes to the city were cut off and the overlooking mountains and hills controlled.

The Army Command said this achievement is of a great importance given the location of al-Qaryatain city as it links the northeastern countryside of Damascus with the eastern countryside of Homs

With this new achievement, it added, the oil and gas pipelines in the area will be secured and ISIS supply routes between al-Badiya (desert) and al-Qalamoun will be blocked.

The Army Command stressed in the statement that the Armed Forces and the popular defense groups are increasingly determined to go on with performing their mission with high spirits and absolute confidence in victory.

Information Minister: Restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain is an important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism and those who conspired against Syria.

Al-Zoubi told the Syrian TV in a phone call on Sunday that this achievement is a follow up to the victories made in Palmyra and other areas, asserting that the Armed Forces are growing ever more determined to restoring security and stability to the entire country and ridding it of terrorism.

He said that ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations that operate under different name all come from one source: the Saudi-Turkish-American conspiracy against Syria.

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Syrian Army Takes Control Over Christian Town Al-Qaryatayn in Homs

Syrian government forces have gained control over a Christian town in the province of Homs, Al-Qaryatayn. Meanwhile, the fighting is ongoing in the western suburbs of the town, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Sunday.

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A bomb squad has begun to work in the town, according to RIA Novosti. Militants have tried to mine roads and buildings in Al-Qaryatayn.

According to Syrian military, 80 percent of the town is controlled by government forces. Militants continue to retreat in off-road vehicles to the north side of the mountains. Syrian army is deploying military hardware to the town.

Earlier in the day, the Syrian army supported by popular defense groups started an offensive on the main stronghold of Daesh in the town of Al-Qaryatayn in Syria’s Homs province.

Some of the terrorist armed groups tried to flee from the town to the nearby mountains.

The operation to liberate the Christian town of Al-Qaryatayn from Daesh militants began on Saturday morning. Covered by artillery fire, vanguard units of the army and its allies began an assault from the south, southeastern and northwestern directions, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

The Christian town was seized by Daesh terrorists in August 2015. Terrorists turned it into their main stronghold in southern Homs. From Al-Qaryatayn, militants moved reinforcements and ammunition to Palmyra to fight against government forces.


The army restores security to al-Qaryatain city in Homs
3 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Army and Armed Forces units restored security and stability to the whole al-Qaryatain city in Homs province, and continued carrying out counter-terrorism operations elsewhere in the province and in Hama, Lattakia, Sweida, and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Homs

Army units and the supporting forces restored security and stability to the whole al-Qaryatain city in Homs after the remaining gatherings of ISIS terrorists in it were eliminated, a source on the ground announced on Sunday.

Taking control of the city, which is located in southeastern Homs, came after the army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, earlier advanced further inside it from various directions, removing all mines on their way, and had established control over the northern neighborhood.

The army units have hunted down fleeing ISIS terrorists inside the city and dismantled scores of explosive devices and mines left behind.

Earlier today, army units took control of al-Mazare’ and al-Kharroubi al-Kabir areas to the northwest of al-Qaraytain which are now completely secured after tens of explosive devices and mines were removed.

In the morning, the army’s air force conducted airstrikes against positions and dens of ISIS terrorists in the southern and eastern sides of al-Qarayatin and in Marmalet al-Qaryatain, leaving many terrorists dead and destroying their weapons and vehicles, some of them equipped with heavy machineguns.

In the eastern countryside of Homs province, the air force conducted launched strikes against gatherings, movements and supply routes of ISIS to the east and north of Palmyra city and to the north of al-Buseiri village, inflicting losses upon the terrorists there.

More hideouts and vehicles for ISIS terrorists were hit and destroyed in army airstrikes in the villages of al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh, Mannoukh and Housis.

Later,a military source stated that an army unit eliminated members of a terrorist group affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in al-Hilalia village in the northern countryside of Homs city.

The source said that in the eastern countryside of Homs, army units directed intensive strikes against 2 terrorist groups affiliated to ISIS to the south of 101 and 105 wells in the direction of Shaer and to the northwest of Tolol Nizam area, killing a number of terrorists, injuring many others, and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Hama

Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, foiled an attack launched by Jabaht al-Nusra terrorist groups against a number of military posts in the vicinity of al-Huweijeh village in the far northwest of Hama countryside and Qassr Abu Samra in the northeastern countryside.

A military source explained to SANA that heavy clashes broke out between the defenders of the military posts and the attacking terrorist groups, which resulted in the death of at least 50 terrorists.

Three vehicles equipped with machine guns, a tank and a rocket launcher were destroyed during the confrontation, with the army units seizing the terrorists’ weapons and ammunition, including a DShK machine gun, a rocket shell launcher and amounts of RPG shells.

Lattakia

Army units clashed with Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups that infiltrated safe sites in Kensabba area in the northern countryside of Lattakia on Saturday.

The infiltrating groups were repelled as they were sneaking into Nahashba village, Rasha hill and Rweiset al-Malek, with the army units, aided by the popular defense groups, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment, according to sources on the ground.

Afterwards, the army units combed the sites to dismantle the bombs left behind by the terrorists before some of them were killed and the rest fled towards the Turkish territories.

Sweida

An army unit targeted a gathering of ISIS terrorists in Asheihib al-Janoubi Hill in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

A military source said the targets were directly hit, with many terrorists getting killed or injured, while their vehicles were destroyed or damaged.

Deir Ezzor

The army’s air force targeted gatherings of ISIS terrorists and their hideouts in al-Jafra village in the eastern countryside of the eastern Deir Ezzor province.

A number of terrorists were killed and their vehicles and equipment were destroyed.

In the meantime, local sources said the popular resistance in the eastern area killed during the past two days several ISIS terrorists, including Tunisians.

Three Tunisian terrorists were said to be killed in al-Hizam al-Akhdar area in al-Bukmal city in eastern Deir Ezzor.

Three other terrorists, one identified as “Abu Obaida of Tunisia” were killed in an ambush in al-Ghabra village, 130 km southeast of Deir Ezzor city.