Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Israel Targets Damascus International Airport

Israeli Air Force Targets Non-Military Airport in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Israeli attack drone fired two missiles at the Damascus International Airport last night, causing a loud explosion that could be heard throughout the Syrian capital, a Lebanese media outlet reported Friday.

The English-language Beirut-based AMN reported that the two Israeli missiles did not cause much damage to the airport or its surroundings.

The report also indicated that the attack did not kill or wound any civilians or military personnel present at the airport last night.

Not long after the missile strike, the Syrian Air Defense reportedly downed an Israeli drone near the town of Beit Jinn along the Damascus-Quneitra provincial border.

In August, the Syrian air defense system shot down an Israeli warplane violating the country’s air space.

The Israeli fighter jet was targeted over the city of Al-Quneitra at the time.

Israel regularly violates the Syrian airspace and it launches missile attacks against the country.

In August, the Israeli Air Force resumed airstrikes on Western Syria, targeting Brigade 68 Base in Khan Al-Sheih in Damascus province and Brigade 90 Base in the al-Quneitra province after a six hour halt in attacks that followed their multiple air raids over the Golan Heights.

The Brigade 68 Base had no heavy weaponry that could reach Israel’s borders and the soldiers inside its parameters had been under siege by the al-Qaeda-linked group of Al-Nusra Front and their allies from Ajnad al-Sham and Jeish al-Islam.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli aircraft were identified as helicopters that crossed into the Syrian Golan Heights.

Submarine Veliky Novgorod eliminated terrorists’ critical objects by Kalibr missiles in Syria

At 10:11 a.m. the Black Fleet submarine Veliky Novgorod operating in the Mediterranean waters fired the Kalibr cruise missiles from submerged position at the terrorists’ objects in Syria.

The missiles targeted recently detected defensive posts, concentration of personnel and hardware as well as ammunition depots of Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib province.

The firing range was about 300 kilometers.

This surprise missile attack in the province of Idlib eliminated critical control points, training bases and armored vehicles that had been involved in attempt to seize 29 Russian Military Police servicemen in the north of Hama province.

All the targets were confirmed to have been engaged.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

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Syrian Army Recaptures Lost Positions to Terrorists in Eastern Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops carried out a massive attack on terrorist groups’ positions in Eastern Hama and retook full control over the lands they lost to militants on Thursday, military sources confirmed on Friday.

The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and Ahrar Al-Sham Movement joined forces on Thursday night to launch an attack on the Syrian Army in the Western countryside of al-Salamiyah city.

The terrorists attacked the Tal Kharfan area of Eastern Hama, resulting in the capture of several points.

At dawn on Friday, the army’s 11th Tank Division launched an attack in the Tal Kharfan area, recapturing all the points they lost to the terrorists the night before.

Relevant reports said on Thursday that the army continued its military operation against Al-Nusra Front in Northern Hama, killing a number of terrorists, including a notorious commander.

Maher Alu Abu Al-Abbas, field commander of Al-Nusra Front, was killed in tough battle with the Syrian army in Northern Hama, the websites close to the terrorist groups reported.

Abu Al-Abbas participated in battles against the Syrian army in Aleppo and Idlib cities.

The news comes as the Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups launched massive attacks against the Syrian army which resulted in the death and injury of at least 850 terrorists, including several senior commanders.

Army establishes control over new villages in western countryside of Deir Ezzor

22 September، 2017
Provinces, SANA

Army units established control over new areas in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor in the framework of their continuous operations to root out ISIS terrorist organization from the province.

SANA reporter said that army units continued their operations against ISIS sites and fortifications in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, establishing control over the villages of Halbia, Zalbia and al-Qasabi and the archaeological sites in them.

The reporter added that army’s engineering units are combing the villages in order to dismantle IEDs and booby traps planted by ISIS terrorists before they were killed or fled towards their sites in the desert.

The reporter added that army units continue to advance successfully towards Maadan city, about 70 km west of the city of Deir Ezzor, amid a collapse among terrorists’ ranks.

Hama

An army unit chased the remnants of the fleeing terrorists in the northern countryside of Hama, killing a number of them and destroying a tank.

Destroying a tank of the Nasra Front terrorists in the village of Skik in the northern suburb of Hama

Homs

Army units restored control over Mzin al-Baqar, al-Mushirfa al-Shamalia, Rasm al-Tawil, Joret al-Nazal and Mesaied to the east of Jub al-Jarah in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing a number of terrorists.

Syrian Army Ready to Liberate Deir Ezzur’s Largest Island from ISIL

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops resumed their military operations in Deir Ezzor’s largest island on Friday, in a new bid to take control of the crossing to the Hatla district.

The army men, led by detachments from the Republican Guard and 5th Legion, attacked ISIL’s defense line at Sakar Island’s Central Park, scoring a new advance after a fierce battle against the terrorists.

Sakar Island is situated directly East of the Deir Ezzur Military Airport; its proximity to this strategic installation makes it a top priority for the Syrian Army’s High Command.

Once Sakar Island is cleared of ISIL terrorists, the army will turn its attention to the Hatla district that is located along the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

Hatla was once inhabited by a large Shiite population; however, most of the civilians fled this district after terrorists executed more than 60 people in a massacre.

Moscow on Thursday warned the US that if US-backed groups in Northeast Syria again attack positions of Syrian pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military would use all its force to retaliate.

The troops of the SDF, a group that receives support from the US military, twice attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the Deir Ezzur province with mortar and rocket fire, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Deir Ezzur.

Deir Ezzur

Konashenkov said, “Russia unequivocally told the commanders of US forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed.”

He further added that the attacks put at risk Russian military advisers embedded with Syrian government troops.

“Fire from positions in regions controlled by the SDF will be suppressed by all means necessary,” he stressed.

Konashenkov said Moscow suspected the SDF of colluding with the terrorist group ISIL in Deir Ezzur rather than fighting it, as it claims to be. He said Russia had detected the transfer of SDF militants from the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, to join forces with the terrorists.

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as ISIL terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between ISIL and the ‘third force,’ the SDF,” the Russian general said.

The statement said that the siege of Raqqa by the SDF was halted, apparently in response to the latest advances by Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzur, which was located to the East from Raqqa along the Euphrates River.

“The Central parts of the former ISIL capital, which account for roughly 25 percent of the city, remain under full control of the terrorists,” Konashenkov remarked.

According to the statement, the Syrian government troops “continued their offensive operation” to destroy the last “ISIL bridgehead” near the city of Deir Ezzur, the provincial capital. Troops led by Syrian Army General Suheil al-Hassan liberated around 16 sq/km of territory and two settlements on the Western bank of the Euphrates River.

“More than 85 percent of Deir Ezzur territory is under the full control of Syrian troops. Over the next week the city will be liberated completely,” Konashenkov said.

The city of Deir Ezzur in Eastern Syria was besieged by ISIL in 2014. Syrian government forces lifted the blockade of the city in early September.

However, the liberation of Deir Ezzur also triggered a confrontation between Syrian government forces and the US-backed SDF militants, the point of contention being control of Deir Ezzur’s oil fields.

Following Damascus’s strategic victory, food, medicine and other essentials started to reach the city by convoy, where previously the inhabitants had to rely on air-drops.

Syrian Army Preparing Fresh Anti-Terrorism Operation in Northern Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army is getting ready to attack the strongholds of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in the Northern countryside of Hama, a military source said Friday.

The source reported that the army will concentrate on several areas along the Hama-Idlib Highway, including the important town of Morek.

Morek was captured by the militants of Fatah Al-Sham Front (succeeded by Al-Nusra) in late 2015 following a powerful attack on the Syrian Army positions in Northern Hama.

The Syrian Army’s offensive is expected to begin in the coming days, as they await for the Russian Air Force to conclude their airstrikes over the militants-controlled Idlib.

Relevant reports said on Thursday that the army continued its military operation against Al-Nusra Front in Northern Hama, killing a number of terrorists, including a notorious commander.

Maher Alu Abu Al-Abbas, field commander of Al-Nusra Front, was killed in tough battle with the Syrian army in Northern Hama, the websites close to the terrorist groups reported.

Abu Al-Abbas participated in battles against the Syrian army in Aleppo and Idlib cities.

The news comes as the Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups launched massive attacks against the Syrian army which resulted in the death and injury of at least 850 terrorists, including several senior commanders.