Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Establishes Control Over New Areas in Damascus, Hama

Russian aerial strikes target headquarters, leadership positions and individual movements in the town of Albukamal in Deir Al-Zour countryside.

Operations of the Syrian army and its allies in Albukamal.

Syrian army fighting inside Albukamal

Advances of the Syrian army in Albukamal

Syrian army forces and allies have made significant progress in the city of Albuqamal and control of most of its neighborhoods after violent clashes with Daesh. They are currently working to clean the neighborhoods of the city remnants of the organization.

Special status map shows the areas under the control of the Syrian army and allies in the villages of Arafa and Qasrali north of the village of Hazm and the village of Khirbet Al-Rehjan north of the village of Sarha in the countryside of eastern Hama.

Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers hit ISIS objects in Syria

On November 18, six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces took off from an airfield located in the territory of the Russian Federation, flew over territories of Iraq and Iran, and carried out an air strike on terrorists’ objects in near Abu Kamal, Deir ez-Zor province, Syria.

The aircraft were targeted at strongholds, concentrations of manpower and hardware.

According to the objective monitoring data, all assigned targets have been hit.

Su-30SM fighters covered the bombers.

All Russian aircraft came back to the airbases after performing the combat tasks.

Strikes of the Russian Air Force on terrorists in Syria

Army establishes control over areas in Damascus Countryside and Hama, closes in on Daesh in al-Bukamal

18 November، 2017
Provinces, SANA

Army units on Saturday regained control over a number of strategic hills in Heineh plain area, Kafar Hoor, Beit Tima in southwestern countryside of Damascus, neighboring to Quneitra countryside.

Fierce clashed were erupted between the army units and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during the past hours in Heineh plain area, Kafar Hoor, Beit Tima villages, SANA reporter in Quneitra said.

The army established control over a number of strategic hills and cut the supply routes and movements of the terrorists from these villages towards Beit Jinn farm, the reporter added.

The army units carried out on Saturday afternoon heavy strikes against position of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the surrounding of Talet Berdaia southwest of kafar Hoor village, killing or injuring at least 11 terrorists.

Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, carried out a military operation during the past 24 hours, storming into hideouts of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the villages of Qasser Ali and Arafa to the northeast of Hama city.

SANA reporter said that the army units established control over the two villages and killed many of the terrorists, adding that the engineering units defused explosives and mines planted by the terrorists in the houses and farms of locals in order to hinder the advance of the army.

Meanwhile in Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Army and allied forces tightened the siege on the last fortified positions of Daesh (ISIS) in al-Bukamal about 140 km southeast of Deir Ezzor city.

SANA’s reporter said that the army and its allies are engaged in violent clashes with what is left of Daesh terrorists in the city’s outskirts, inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon them.

The reporter pointed out that the army managed to isolate al-Bukamal from both the Syrian and Iraqi borders and the train station, trapping Daesh terrorists in small isolated pockets in the city.

He also indicated that army units are advancing slowly and carefully in the city streets because of the numerous mines and explosive devices that Daesh planted everywhere.

The reporter confirmed that the army units regained control over the road connecting al-Myadeen, al-Bukamal, al-Sekarieh town, and Hamdan region in al-Bukamal’s outskirts after inflicting heavy losses on terrorists.

New terrorist rocket attacks kill a person, injure at least 29 in Damascus and its countryside

18 November، 2017
Damascus, SANA

One person was killed and 28 at least were injured on Saturday as rocket shells fired by armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta hit several residential areas in Damascus and its countryside in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.

A source at Damascus Police Command said that a person was killed and 20 others were injured due to terrorist attack with rocket shells on the surrounding of al-Mujtahed Hospital in Damascus.

Rocket shells, according to the source, fired by armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta also hit the entrance of al-Dwail’a residential neighborhood and the schools’ complex in the neighborhood in Damascus city, causing material damage to schools, but no casualties.

In Damascus countryside, four rocket shells landed in Harasta residential suburb, and 5 others in al-Sayyida Zaynab area, injuring 9 civilians and causing massive material damage to the locals’ houses and properties, the source said.

On Friday, four civilians, including a child, were killed, others were injured as rocket shells fired by armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta hit Souq al-Hal (grocery market) in al-Zablatani area and al-Dwail’a neighborhood in Damascus city .


Humanitarian aid from Russia distributed in Daraa countryside

18 November، 2017
Daraa, SANA

A humanitarian aid including food baskets, provided by Russian government, was distributed by Daraa governorate to 500 families in al-Shaqranieh in northern Daraa countryside in addition to providing medical assistance to the needy and sick people.

Deputy Chairman of the Executive Office in Daraa governorate, Awad Sweidan, said that the Russian aid confirms the deep-rooted relations between Syria and Russia and the continuous coordination in confronting terrorism, hailing the Russian role in supporting Syria in combating terrorism.

Representative of the Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim indicated that the humanitarian aid aims to alleviate locals’ suffering due to the war, stressing that the Russian support will continue until security and stability are achieved and terrorism is eliminated in Syria.


Israeli Tank Fires ‘Warning Shot’ Toward Syrian Army

Damascus is yet to comment on the situation. The two countries have been in a state of war for decades with a peace treaty never signed.

According an IDF source cited by RIA Novosti, Israeli troops have opened warning fire toward Syrian government forces. However, no official confirmation by the Israeli Defense Forces has followed so far.

The move, which is yet to be commented on by the Syrian government, was explained by Tel Aviv’s opposition to Damascus erecting a military post in a demilitarized zone on the border it considers to be a violation of agreements. In addition to a tank firing what was described as a “warning shot,” Israel has also sent a complaint to the UN Disengagement Observer Force Zone (UNDOF).

“The Syrian armed forces have violated the ceasefire agreement of 1974, carrying out construction work […] in the northern part of the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel. The agreement prohibits the entry of heavy construction machinery or military vehicles there,” the IDF source said.

There has been no immediate information about the losses from the Syrian side.

Tel Aviv and Damascus, which have never a peace treaty never signed and have multiple times exchanged tit-for-tat attacks in border areas, had signed the Agreement on Disengagement in 1974, which officially ended the Yom Kippur War, a time when Israel had control over the entire territory of the Golan Heights, including the area belonging to Syria.

The Israeli annexation of the disputed territory of the Golan Heights, a part of which had been first seized during the Six-Day War in 1967, has been repeatedly condemned by the international community. According to the UN resolution adopted in 1981, the Golan Heights were declared as illegally occupied by Israel. In 2008, the United Nations reiterated its calls for Tel Aviv to return the ‘annexed territory’ — something that, according to the incumbent PM Benyamin Netanyahu, “Israel will never do”.

Most recently, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the country would “maintain absolute freedom of action” in Syria as Tel Aviv is guided only by the interests of national security.