Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Syrian Army Expands Buffer Zone around Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Armed Forces General Command confirmed that evacuation of gunmen and their family members from al-Qaboun district and the pro-government forces’ advances against the terrorists in the district have significantly stretched the chain of security around the capital city of Damascus.

The General Command announced that the army troops along with the popular forces fulfilled their mission in restoring security and stability to al-Qaboun district and the farms surrounding it to the Northeastern side of Damascus after a series of heavy attacks on the positions of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) and its affiliated terrorist groups.

The General Command went on to say that restoration of security and stability to al-Qaboun and the surrounding farms has expanded the chain of security in the vicinity of Damascus and tightened the noose around the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta, cut off their supply routes and formed a base for eliminating the remaining pockets of other terrorist cells in Damascus countryside.

It added that the army destroyed the gatherings of the terrorist groups and a large number of tunnels that were used by the terrorists as supply routes for transportation of weapons and fighters.

The general Command affirmed its determination to go ahead in the war against Takfiri terrorists.

Military Commander of the Syrian Army Brigadier General Kamal Sarem confirmed on Sunday that over 1,000 terrorists were killed in clashes with his forces in al-Qaboun district in Eastern Damascus in the last three months.

Sarem said that 1,000 terrorists were killed in al-Qaboun in Eastern Ghouta in clashes with the army soldiers, adding that the army also seized control over 25 tunnels dug by militants in the region.

A military source said meantime that after the army managed to take control over a strategic tunnel that links al-Qaboun to Eastern Ghouta, the terrorists were forced to flee towards the townships of Arbin and Harasta.

The source added that the rest of terrorists that did not flee al-Qaboun surrendered to the army men and asked for relocation to Idlib or Jarabulus in Northern Aleppo.

The source went on to say that with the army’s control over al-Qaboun, the district separated from Eastern Ghouta, adding that now the entire paths of terrorists to move towards Damascus city were cut off.

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Al-Qaboun District in Eastern Damascus Fully Cleared of Terrorists

TEHRAN (FNA)- The entire gunmen and their family members have left al-Qaboun district in Eastern Damascus in the second and final phase of an evacuation deal concluded between the Syrian Army and the militants, a local official confirmed Tuesday.

Damascus Governor General Bashr al-Saban said that 3,377 people including 1,604 gunmen left al-Qaboun district on Sunday and Monday within the framework of the second and final phase of the evacuation deal between the army and the militants.

He further said that a large number of militants, who laid down arms and joined peace with the army, received government amnesty and retuned to normal life, adding that the gunmen that had links to foreign countries, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia left the region for Northern Syria.

The Governor stressed that the area of al-Qaboun is now completely clear of terrorists after the completion of the second and final phase of the evacuation of the armed groups.

He affirmed that the engineering units started to comb the area to dismantle Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and landmines which the armed groups left behind before leaving the region.

Military Commander of the Syrian Army Brigadier General Kamal Sarem confirmed on Sunday that over 1,000 terrorists were killed in clashes with his forces in al-Qaboun district in Eastern Damascus in the last three months.

Sarem said that 1,000 terrorists were killed in al-Qaboun in Eastern Ghouta in clashes with the army soldiers, adding that the army also seized control over 25 tunnels dug by militants in the region.

A military source said meantime that after the army managed to take control over a strategic tunnel that links al-Qaboun to Eastern Ghouta, the terrorists were forced to flee towards the townships of Arbin and Harasta.

The source added that the rest of terrorists that did not flee al-Qaboun surrendered to the army men and asked for relocation to Idlib or Jarabulus in Northern Aleppo.

The source went on to say that with the army’s control over al-Qaboun, the district separated from Eastern Ghouta, adding that now the entire paths of terrorists to move towards Damascus city were cut off.

Terrorists Killed, Injured in Intensified Clashes among Rival Groups in Eastern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media activists reported that tens of terrorists have been killed and tens of others have been wounded in fierce clashes between Faylaq al-Rahman and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) with Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta in the last 24 hours.

The sources said that 2 Ahrar al-Sham fighters, including a military emir, and five members of Jeish al-Islam were killed in heavy infighting between Jeish al-Islam and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and Faylaq al-Sham in the regions of al-Ash’ari, al-Aftaris, Beit Sawa and Beit Na’em in Eastern Ghouta.

The sources further said that over 70 militants from both sides were injured in the clashes, and added some of the injured are in critical condition, increasing the possibility of higher casualties.

In the meantime, several civilians were also killed in the clashes among terrorist groups.

Local sources in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus reported on Monday that Jeish al-Islam gained control of several positions after clashes with Faylaq al-Rahman and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at rival terrorist groups.

Jeish al-Islam militants attacked the positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Beit Sawa and al-Ash’ari regions in Eastern Ghouta, causing heavy clashes between the two sides.

During the clashes Jeish al-Islam took control of several points occupied by Faylaq al-Rahman near the town of Hamouriyeh in the Central parts of Eastern Ghouta.

ISIL Fails to Cut off Syrian Forces’ Supply Line to Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in Southeastern Aleppo and repelled their attack on the pro-government forces’ positions along a key road connecting Hama to Aleppo, field sources said.

The sources said that simultaneous with the army’s rapid advances in Eastern Aleppo to drive ISIL out of the province, the ISIL launched a large-scale assault to cut off the Syrian government’s only supply route to Aleppo province once again, hitting hard the army positions in the al-Azib Valley near the Ithriya-Khanasser Road.

The army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL and fended off their attack, inflicting major losses on them.

ISIL has launched several rounds of attacks to take control of Ithriya-Khanasser road in the last two days after the army men impose full control over Jarah airbase and its surroundings.

Informed sources said on Monday that the army troops, backed up by the country’s Air Force, continued their anti-ISIL operations around the newly-liberated Jarah airbase to stretch their chain of security around the military airport in Eastern Aleppo.

The sources said that the army soldiers continued to hit ISIL’s positions and managed to take control over the last hill overlooking the Jarah airbase.

They added that the army men, meantime, fortified their positions in the villages of Khirbet Aqleh, Jarah al-Kabirhe and Jarah al-Saqirah, advancing towards the rest of the villages that are still under ISIL’s control.

In the meantime, the warplanes pounded ISIL’s concentration centers in areas surrounding Jarah airbase and the town of Maskana, the sources reported, adding that other units of the army engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL near the recently-freed town of Deir Hafer.

750 Gunmen, Family Members Leave Northwestern Homs for Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- 750 gunmen and their family members were evacuated from al-Wa’er district in the tenth phase of an evacuation deal between the Syrian Army and militants, local officials confirmed on Tuesday.

The sources said that 200 gunmen that had not endorsed the peace agreement with the Syrian government along with 550 of their family members left al-Wa’er for the militant-held regions in Idlib.

In the meantime, 140 militants that handed over their weapons to the relevant officials in al-Wa’er and applied for government pardoning received their amnesty in the last two weeks.

Homs Governor General Talal al-Barazi confirmed on Monday that tens of gunmen and their family members were to be evacuated from al-Wa’er district later to be relocated to Idlib province within the framework of the tenth phase of an evacuation deal between the Syrian Army and militants.

Al-Barazi said that the tenth phase of the evacuation deal would start on Monday, adding 400 militants and their family members would leave al-Wa’er for militant-held regions in Idlib.

He further added that the evacuated gunmen had not joined the peace agreement with the army.

Al-Barazi pointed out that the last phase of the evacuation of gunmen and their family member will start on next Saturday.

Terrorists Violate De-Escalation Zones Agreement again in Syria’s Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) opened heavy fire at the Syrian Army troops’ positions in the Western districts of Aleppo city, violating the recently-concluded de-escalation zones agreement.

Missile and artillery units of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at shelled the army positions in Jam’iyat al-Zahra district and around al-Rashedeen district in the Western part of Aleppo city, breaching the de-escalation zones agreement.

The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units pounded terrorists’ positions heavily in the battlefields and al-Lairamoun district in Aleppo’s outskirts in retaliation for the terrorists’ attacks.

In the meantime, terrorists embarked on dispatching forces and military equipment towards Mount Sheikh Barakat and the town of Sheikh Suleiman in Western countryside of Aleppo city.

In relevant developments in the province on Friday, missile units of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists opened heavy fire at a village in a de-escalation zone in Southern Aleppo.

The sources said that despite a safe zone covering the region, the al-Qaeda-affiliated Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at fired 40 GRAD missiles on an unidentified village in Southern Aleppo.

Tahrir al-Sham has not agreed to the Astana talks which guaranteed no airstrikes over Idlib and Aleppo in return for the cessation of hostilities.

Nevertheless, the Syrian Army and its allies are likely to retaliate on militant-held positions.

A footage showed that the GRAD missiles landed all over the village and its nearby areas, hitting civilian cars passing on a road in the region.

Tens of Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes near Syrian Border with Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Over 30 civilians were killed and several more were wounded in the US-Led coalition air raids near a key town in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur at the border with Iraq.

The coalition fighter jets bombed border regions with Iraq near the key town of Albu Kamal, killing 30 civilians and wounding several more.

In the meantime, five civilians were killed in the coalition air assault on their houses in the Iraqi town of Anah in Western al-Anbar province.

Field sources in Northeastern Syria reported on Monday that almost 30 civilians were killed and wounded in a drone attack launched by the US-led coalition in Raqqa countryside.

The sources said that a coalition combat drone targeted several vehicles carrying female workers in the farms near the terrorist-held Raqqa city, killing 22 women and wounding nine more.

ISIL Terrorists Planning to Attack Russian Warships in Turkey’s Waters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is getting ready to target Russian warships while passing through the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul.

The Arabic desk of RT quoted the Turkish-language Habertürk daily as saying that based on reliable intel the ISIL is planning to launch missile attacks on the Russian navy fleet as it sails through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait.

Some 146 locations that ISIL militants could stage missile attacks from have been spotted by Turkey, the daily reported on Tuesday, adding that Turkey has established control over these locations.

According to the daily, aerial and naval protection is being provided to the Russian ships during passage. A police helicopter and two assault boats accompany the ships also as a precaution against attacks.

Russian warship “Caesar Kunikov” passed through the Bosphorus on May 15 with a Turkish coast guard boat accompanying it. It was seen that soldiers were on duty on the ship’s deck.

Increasing safety procedures on the Bosphorus Strait are taken to prevent eruption of new tensions between Turkey and Russia.