Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Operations Removing Last Terrorist Remnants from Al-Boukamal, Near Completion

Army regains control over new areas in Hama countryside

13 November، 2017
Hama, SANA

Army units, in cooperation with the backup forces, on Monday regained control over Abu al-Gher and al-Hasnawi villages in the northeastern countryside of Hama province.

SANA reporter said that the army units and backup forces, during the past hours, carried out a military operation against hotbeds of Jabhat al-Nusra and Takfiri groups affiliated to it in the village of Abu al-Gher, 90km northeast of Hama city.

The reporter added that the army regained control over the two villages, killing a number of terrorists, while the rest of them fled away leaving the bodies of their dead terrorists and their weapons, ammunitions and equipment behind.

Army units continued pursuing the terrorists who fled away in the surrounding of the village, while experts started combing the village and dismantling mines, explosive devices left by terrorists.

Army units achieved new advance in al-Rahajan area in Eastern countryside of Hama, killing scores of terrorists among them terrorists Abu Noufal al-khaledi, Makhlath al-Hammad and Omar Jamal al-Jumaa.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun

Russian MoD:’Combing of Abu Kemal Is Now Almost Completed’

Several media outlets earlier claimed that Daesh had seized major areas of the Syrian city of Abu Kemal, forcing the Syrian Army to leave the captured zone. A representative of the Russian forces in Syria has refuted the reports, observing that the suppression of the remaining terrorists in the city was almost completed.

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — On Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Syrian army, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, retook Abu Kemal, the last terrorist stronghold. However, a day later, reports appeared in some western media sources saying that Daesh has recaptured nearly 60 percent of Abu Kemal’s territory, forcing the troops of the Syrian Army to flee.

“All messages of the Daesh and of foreign media quoting them, about the alleged abandonment of the city of Abu Kemall by the Syrian troops, are unfounded propaganda.”

The city came under the control of the Syrian army and militias on Friday,” a representative of the Russian group of forces in Syria said on Sunday.

A Russian military official added that the last hardcore fighters are being eliminated on the outskirts of the city.

“Combing of the city’s suburbs is now almost completed. The resistance of remaining pockets of terrorists and lone fighters is being suppressed in order to begin demining [the city’s] districts soon,” he added.

Last week, Syrian government troops, supported by strikes on Daesh by Russian air and sea forces struck the embattled terrorist hotbed in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.

Earlier, the Russian Defense ministry noted that over 90 percent of the country’s territory has been liberated from the terrorists.

Where the Syrian Army Will Head Next After Liberation of Abu Kemal

The Syrian army, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, has recently retaken the city of Abu Kemal, the last Daesh terrorist stronghold in the eastern Syrian Governorate of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian Brigadier-General Heitham Hassoun and Syrian deputy Walid al Zuubi have revealed to Sputnik Arabic where the government troops will go next.

According to Brigadier-General Heitham Hassoun, there are several places where the Syrian army might strike next.

“The first is the liberation of Raqqa Governorate, which the US has occupied by the hands of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The second variant is to head towards Idlib Governorate,” he told Sputnik Arabic.

The military official suggested that the army will opt for the Raqqa operation as it is located closer to the current deployment site of the Syrian troops and thus it won’t be necessary to redeploy military equipment and manpower far away.

Heitham Hassoun also surmised that recent changes in Iraq will facilitate the operation. The borders and checkpoints are now controlled by Baghdad, he explained, and thus the SDF won’t be able to freely cross the Iraq-Syrian border any longer. Besides, the Iraqi government has recently liberated numerous areas along its border with Syria from terrorists, he pointed out.

Syrian deputy Walid al Zuubi, meanwhile, suggested that the Syrian army will opt for Idlib Governorate.

The Syrian army, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, has recently retaken the city of Abu Kemal, the last Daesh terrorist stronghold in the eastern Syrian Governorate of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian Brigadier-General Heitham Hassoun and Syrian deputy Walid al Zuubi have revealed to Sputnik Arabic where the government troops will go next.

According to Brigadier-General Heitham Hassoun, there are several places where the Syrian army might strike next.

“The first is the liberation of Raqqa Governorate, which the US has occupied by the hands of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The second variant is to head towards Idlib Governorate,” he told Sputnik Arabic.

The military official suggested that the army will opt for the Raqqa operation as it is located closer to the current deployment site of the Syrian troops and thus it won’t be necessary to redeploy military equipment and manpower far away.

Heitham Hassoun also surmised that recent changes in Iraq will facilitate the operation. The borders and checkpoints are now controlled by Baghdad, he explained, and thus the SDF won’t be able to freely cross the Iraq-Syrian border any longer. Besides, the Iraqi government has recently liberated numerous areas along its border with Syria from terrorists, he pointed out.

Syrian deputy Walid al Zuubi, meanwhile, suggested that the Syrian army will opt for Idlib Governorate.

“Although Idlib has been declared a de-escalation zone, there are constant clashes there. The situation is being aggravated due to its location along the border with Turkey, which had deployed its troops there without any permission,” the lawmaker told Sputnik.

According to the politician, after the liberation of Idlib, Syrian could be fully cleared of militants within several months.

He further pointed out that the Syrian government is for the political settlement of the crisis, however the road to it is being laid by the army. Each major success of the Syrian troops is being followed by an international conference on the situation in the country, Walid al Zuubi concluded.

There has been some controversy over the final liberation of Abu Kemal: on Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Syrian army, with the support of Russia’s Aerospace Forces, had retaken the settlement. A day later, however, the reports of some Western media sources claimed that Daesh has recaptured nearly 60 percent of its territory, squeezing the government troops out of the city.

On Sunday, a representative of the Russian group of forces in Syria refuted all the reports, calling them “unfounded propaganda.”  

Four persons injured in terrorist rocket attack in Hama Countryside

13 November، 2017
Hama, SANA

Four persons were injured as Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists fired two rocket shells on Salhab residential city, northwest of Hama City in Wednesday .

SANA reporter stated that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists situated in the village of Qala’at al-Madiq targeted residential areas in Salhab city with two rocket shells, causing the injury of four persons, including two children, in addition to huge damage to infrastructure, private and public properties.

R.Raslan/Mazen

24 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid arrive in eastern Ghouta

13 November، 2017
Damascus Countryside, SANA

A humanitarian aid convoy of 24 trucks, provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in cooperation with the UN, arrived in Douma city in Eastern Ghouta.

SANA reporter in Damascus Countryside said Monday that volunteers of the SARC accompanied the convoy inside the city in the framework of implementation of their humanitarian missions which cover all the Syrian territories.

Two weeks ago, 49 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid and medical supplies were delivered to the towns of Saqba and Kfer Batna in Eastern Ghouta.

On 26 October, the armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta targeted trucks loaded with relief supplies provided to the villages of Yelda, Babila and Beit Sahem.

The Syrian Government is keen on ensuring all circumstances to deliver aid to citizens in all areas, including those in which armed groups are positioned.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun


Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Syrian Army Conduct Airstrikes on Terrorist Remnants in Al-Boukamal