Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Syrian Army Makes Fresh Advances against Terrorists in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Homs and imposed control over more lands in the region.

The army men engaged in tough battle with ISIL in Eastern Homs and captured a key town and several nearby heights.

The army units clashed fiercely with ISIL and drove them out of the town of Jubab Hamd North of Um al-Tababi 12km East of Homs city.

In the meantime, a military source confirmed that a large number of terrorists were killed and a large volume of their military hardware was damaged.

The sources also said that three key heights North of Jubab Hamd were captured by the army men.

The source further added that the army forces have fortified their positions in Western Raqqa to restart the operation towards the town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs that is seen as an entrance gate to the besieged city of Deir Ezzur.

In relevant developments in the province on Thursday the army’s artillery and missile unis shelled heavily the positions of the terrorist groups after the latter breached de-escalation zones truce agreement by targeting the pro-government forces’ positions in Northwestern Homs.

The terrorist groups’ missile units deployed in Northern Homs targeted the villages of Merimin and Qurmus, violating the de-escalation zones truce agreement.

The artillery and missile unis of the army opened retaliatory fire at the terrorists’ concentration and gathering centers in the villages of Kafr Laha and Taldou in al-Houleh region, inflicting several casualties on them.

Syrian Army Utilizing Modern Electronic Jamming System against Drones

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army is using an anti-drone electronic warfare system that may also be mounted on any type military vehicle, Russian media outlets reported on Saturday.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily reported that the Syrian army’s anti-aircraft units are equipped with a new model of electronic cannon that can be used for jamming remote-controlled drones.

The daily added that the electronic system can be mounted on any military vehicle and jams the control waves of the drones.

The Russian paper also added that the new model of the electronic jamming system is equipped with a number of antennas.

Reports said on Wednesday that the anti-aircraft units of the Syrian Army shot down an Israeli spy drone over the pro-government forces’ positions in the Southern province of Quneitra.

The Syrian army shot down an Israeli drone as it was carrying out spying flight over the pro-government forces’ positions in Northern Quneitra.

In the meantime, sources affiliated to the terrorists said they heard the sound of an explosion in Northern Quneitra, claiming that an Israeli plane targeted positions of the Syrian Army in Quneitra province.

Syrian Army Downs Several Attack Drones of Terrorists in Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army forces shot down eight bomb-laden drones of the terrorists in Northwestern Hama, military sources said on Saturday.

The army units targeted eight small explosive-laden drones of the terrorist groups in the strategic Jabourin hill in al-Ghab plain region.

The drones were downed before targeting the pro-government forces’ positions.

Relevant reports said on Friday that the army troops engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Eastern Hama and managed to win back two strategic hills and four small but key towns.

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL South of Ithriya region and took control of Hill 23, while other units of the army stormed ISIL’s defense lines and captured the towns of Maksar, Maksar al-Shamali, Rasm al-Tineh and Tal al-Hawaiyat Southeast of Sheikh Hilal region East of the town of al-Salamiyah.

The army soldiers and Palestinian Quds Brigade forces, meantime, pushed terrorists back from the strategic hill of Tabareh al-Deeb in Eastern Hama after hours of non-stop fighting.

Militants in Eastern Qalamoun Intend to End Fight against Syrian Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources affiliated to the terrorist groups reported that talks between militant groups and the Syrian Army to end hostilities are underway in several regions in Eastern Qalamoun in Damascus province.

The Arabic-language daily, Al-Arabi al-Jadid, reported that the Syrian government has been engaged in peace talks with militants in the regions of Rahibeh, Jiroud, al-Naseriya, al-Jabat and al-Betra in line with implementation of peace in the war-hit country.

The town of al-Rahibeh and Jiroud region are under the siege of the army troops that have closed off all the supply lines to the town and the region.

Based on reports, Damascus has called on militants deployed in Jiroud and al-Rahibe to join the reconciliation plan and apply for government amnesty or to leave the region for militant-held regions in North.

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced in its latest report on Wednesday that the total number the regions, towns and villages that signed the peace agreement with the Syrian Army troops stood at 1,996.

The center’s statement that was released on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website said that after representatives of militants in 125 more regions inked peace with the Damascus government in Idlib and Hama the total number of the towns, regions and villages that have so far joined the peace plan reached 1,996.

FSA Commanders in Dara’a Come Under New Wave of Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and two other militants came under attack by unknown assailants after intensified insecurity in regions under the control of the terrorists in Dara’a, local sources said Saturday.

News websites affiliated to the terrorists reported that Mahmoud Fowaz al-Qabiti, the commander of Ahl al-Ketab battalion affiliated to the FSA’s Houran Shohada division, was killed by unknown raiders in Northern Dara’a.

In the meantime, unknown raiders shot dead Abdullah al-Qazawi, a field commander of Walid al-Qeisi brigade affiliated to Jeish al-Thowrah of the FSA, in front of his house in the town of al-Mazirib in Western Dara’a.

Also, Aswad al-Sunnah division of the FSA announced that Zarar al-Bashir, one of the group’s commanders, came under attack by a bomb-laden vehicle in the town of Kafr Shams in Northern Dara’a.

In another incident, a bomb blew up in the vehicle of Qasem al-Rashid, one of the commanders of FSA’s division 46 in Dara’a countryside.

Field sources said that militants affiliated to the FSA stormed the position of ISIL-affiliated Jeish Khalid Bin Walid in Dara’a province.

According to the reports, heavy infighting among terrorist groups is underway in Hawz al-Yarmouk, but none of the terrorist groups has been able to push rivals back from the battlefield.

Local reports said hundreds of militants have defected to the ISIL over the past year, increasing tensions among FSA factions.

In relevant developments in the province last week, the militant groups shelled residential districts, protected by government troops, in the Southern Syrian city of Dara’a some 110 km from Damascus.

The mortar shelling, that left two civilians dead and 12 injured, became another breach of ceasefire in the Southern Syrian de-escalation zone that includes the city of Dara’a.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, 25 people were injured in hostilities in the city.

Another breach of ceasefire was detected in the suburbs of Damascus, where a sniper opened fire at a prison. One woman was killed and 19 people were injured. All of the victims were civilians, who came to visit their jailed relatives.

In another incident, one person was injured in shooting in the city of Jaramana some 10 kilometers Southeast of the Syrian capital.

Rival Terrorist Groups Clash in Eastern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) stormed the positions of Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta and pushed the rival terrorist group back from several positions.

Tahrir al-Sham militants struck heavily Jeish al-Islam’s defense lines in areas surrounding the small town of Deir Sawa near the town of Mesraba.

In the meantime, Tahrir al-Sham terrorists engaged in fierce clashes with Jeish al-Islam in the town of al-Ash’ari in the Southern part of Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over several positions of Jeish al-Islam.

Nine members of Jeish al-Islam were also killed in the infighting.

Jeish al-Islam’s Spokesman Hamzeh Beiraqdar said that Tahrir al-Sham managed to take control over the farms in nearby regions of the town of al-Ash’ari with the back up of several Free Syrian Army groups.

In relevant developments in the province on Friday, the Syrian Army troops and popular forces continued to hit terrorists’ defense lines along the Ein Terma-Jobar road, killing 20 members of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board).

The sources said that the pro-government forces engaged in fresh round of attacks on Al-Nusra Front positions along the road the connects Jobar district to Ein Terma region, killing 20 terrorists and destroying a large volume of military equipment.

The sources further added that rapid advances of the army men in Eastern Damascus proved that terrorists’ strongholds in the region are vulnerable and the ground is mainly paved for the government forces to advance to the depth of Jobar.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that the army’s operation in the region is aimed at separating Ein Terma from Jobar, adding that Al-Nusra Front’s military equipment and ammunition in Jobar are declining.

A military source also said that the army has expanded its control over regions near the strategic triangle of Jobar-Ein Terma, driving Al-Nusra out of more positions.

The source added that the terrorist are retreating from the battlefield.

Terrorist Groups Lose 100’s of Fighters in Clashes with Syrian Army in Eastern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- A military source in Eastern Ghouta said that over 100 terrorists, mainly from the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board), have been killed in the Syrian Army attack East of Damascus province.

The sources reported that the Syrian Air Force launched a heavy bombing of terrorists’ positions, command post and defense lines of the terrorists in the middle of the neighborhoods and regions of Jobar, Ein Terma and Zmelka, where the most important warehouses and operation rooms and most of the commanders and members of Al-Nusra are.

The sources further added that the army’s Special Forces, backed up by BMP armored vehicles and T-72 tanks as well as heavy artillery and missile fire, stormed terrorists’ strongholds along the road that connects Ein Terma to Jobar.

In the meantime, other units of the army managed to advance against the terrorists along the Jobar-Zmelka road and imposed control over several residential buildings, the sources went on to say.

They added that the army managed to prevail over the terrorists’ defense lines and the most important defense citadel of the terrorists along the Ein Terma-Jobar and Jobar-Zmelka and seized control over almost 1sq/km, including strategic crossroad near Ein Terma hospital.

The sources, also, added that the army forces killed over 100 terrorists, mostly from the Al-Nusra, and destroyed several missile and mortar launchpads and military vehicles.

Earlier reports said that the Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) stormed the positions of Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta and pushed the rival terrorist group back from several positions.

Tahrir al-Sham militants struck heavily Jeish al-Islam’s defense lines in areas surrounding the small town of Deir Sawa near the town of Mesraba.

In the meantime, Tahrir al-Sham terrorists engaged in fierce clashes with Jeish al-Islam in the town of al-Ash’ari in the Southern part of Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over several positions of Jeish al-Islam.

Nine members of Jeish al-Islam were also killed in the infighting.

Jeish al-Islam’s Spokesman Hamzeh Beiraqdar said that Tahrir al-Sham managed to take control over the farms in nearby regions of the town of al-Ash’ari with the back up of several Free Syrian Army groups.