Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Advances Further in al-Hajar al-Aswad

There is No Agreement Between the Syrian Army and Daesh in al-Hajar al-Aswad

Army advances further in al-Hajar al-Aswad, southern Damascus

19 May، 2018
Damascus countryside, SANA

Syrian Arab army’s units made a further advancement against terrorists in southern Damascus, broadening their scope of control in the battle against remaining terrorist organizations.

SANA reporter said the Syrian military pushed back terrorists in the far northwest and north of al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in the area straddling al-Oroubba Street and al-Wasim Mosque.

According to the reporter, new building blocks were recaptured in the last few hours during military operations involving the use of airstrikes and artillery as part of military campaign intended to clear southern Damascus of terrorists.

Commenting on the significance of the new advancement, SANA reporter said it brings the army very close to imposing a complete blockade on terrorists positioned north of al-Hajar al-Aswad.

This, he added, will expedite the terrorists’ defeat in the area as few terrorist pockets remain active in Yarmouk Camp and al-Tadamon neighborhood.

Speaking to SANA, a military commander said the army units have been using special military tactics that suit the nature of the densely populated area, indicating that terrorist organizations, convinced that they are fighting a losing battle, are becoming increasingly ferocious.

He hailed the high morale of the Syrian army’s fighters who are using advanced combat expertise gained from fierce battles against terrorists elsewhere in the country.

Army on Verge of Liberating Hajar Al-Aswad in Southern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The positions of the remaining pockets of the ISIL terrorists were stormed by the Syrian Army troops in the Southern part of Damascus province on Friday, and the militants were driven out of more areas in Hajar al-Aswad region.

The army, led by their 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, took the battle to the remaining ISIL terrorists in Hajar al-Aswad, and seized more grounds from the terrorist group after hours of fighting.

With these latest gains, the army has found itself on the brink of liberating all of Hajar al-Aswad.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over the past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in provinces across Syria.


The Syrian Army troops stormed the positions of the remaining pockets of ISIL terrorists on Friday and drove the militants out of more areas in Hajar al-Aswad region in the Southern part of Damascus province.

The army, led by their 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, took the battle to the remaining ISIL terrorists in Hajar al-Aswad, and seized more grounds from the terrorist group after hours of fighting.

With these latest gains, the army has found itself on the brink of liberating all of Hajar al-Aswad.

Once Hajar al-Aswad is liberated, the Syrian Army will be in position to finally launch a full attack on the ISIL-held areas of the Yarmouk Camp.

In a similar development on Thursday, the army forces liberated several important terrorist-occupied points in Hajar al-Aswad region during an anti-ISIL military operation in Southern Damascus.

The army units continued clashes with the ISIL terrorists North of Hajar al-Aswad in Southern Damascus, and imposed control over several buildings, including prisons, field hospitals and terrorists’ command centers.

Field sources said that a large number of ISIL terrorists fled towards Deir Yaseen region North of al-Taqadom district, adding that fierce clashes were underway in the region between the Syrian forces and the ISIL militants.

Meantime, reports said that the Syrian forces advanced in Tarboush region East of Yarmouk refugee camp during clashes with the terrorists.

The Syrian army was about to accomplish the mission in Hajar al-Aswad after winning control of most strategic regions, the sources said.


Syria’s flags were seen hoisted in a newly-freed town in Southern Hama on Friday following withdrawal of terrorists and their family members from the region.

Units of Internal Security Forces, affiliated to the army, raised the national flag over the town of Aqrab town in Southern Hama after the army ended cleansing operation in region.

Field sources reported on Thursday that 30,000 terrorists and their family members left Northern Homs and Southern Hama in the past 10 days after an agreement with the Syrian army.

They added that after the terrorists’ full withdrawal from the region, 65 towns and villages were liberated by the army and 1,200sq/km of lands in Central Syria were purged of militants.

The sources said that the liberated region links Central Syria to other provinces, adding that the two dams of al-Rastan and Houleh have also been retaken and security prevails over the vital and strategic infrastructures.

Internal Security Forces units enter al-Holeh area, raise national flag on governmental buildings

19 May، 2018
Homs, SANA

Units from Internal Security Forces entered al-Holeh area on Saturday after being recently declared free of terrorists.

SANA reporter in Homs province said that units of the Internal Security Forces also entered the villages of Kaferlaha, Taldahab and Taldao in al-Holeh area in Homs northern countryside and hoisted the national flag over the governmental buildings.

The Internal Security Forces units were given exuberant welcome by hundreds of the locals who gathered at the entrances of the two towns, raising national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad.

The electricity, water and technical service workshops in the province entered the area to rehabilitate the facilities and infrastructure that have been damaged by terrorists’ attacks.

Al-Holeh locals welcome the Internal Security Forces units

19 May، 2018
Homs, SANA

The Internal Security Forces units were given exuberant welcome by al-Holeh locals who gathered at the entrance of the towns, raising national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad.

Terrorist attacks on Quneitra, Kefraya and al-Fouaa cause casualties and material damage

19 May، 2018
Quneitra, SANA

The terrorist organizations on Saturday targeted with shells al-Baath city in Quneitra, causing only material damage to properties.

SANA reporter in Quneitra said that terrorists positioned in a number of villages and towns in Quneitra northern and western countryside fired a number of mortar shells on the residential houses in al-Baath city and its surroundings, causing only material damage.

The reporter added that the army units responded to the attacks by targeting the sites from which the shells were launched and destroyed a number of terrorist fortifications.

One civilian wounded in renewed terrorist attacks on Kefraya, al-Fouaa

Meanwhile, a civilian was wounded after terrorist snipers attacked the locals in Kefraya and al-Fouaa towns in Idleb northern countryside.

Local sources told SANA that terrorists positioned in the neighboring Bennish town targeted with sniper fire the locals in the two towns who were on their way to work. A civilian in his thirties was seriously wounded.

For over three years, Kefraya and al-Fouaa have been under a crippling siege by terrorist organizations which ban the entry of humanitarian and medical aid to the locals, repeatedly attacking them with shells and sniper fire in a way that has caused a disruption of life and dire humanitarian conditions.

Syrian Army Pounds Terrorists’ Positons after Militants’ Attack on Residential Areas in Quneitra

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the terrorist group’s strongholds in the Southwestern province of Quneitra after the latter shelled residential areas in the town of al-Ba’ath and its outskirts on Saturday.

Terrorists, deployed in the Northern and Western directions of the town of al-Ba’ath (new Quneitra), launched mortar attacks on residential units in the town and its suburbs.

The artillery and missile units retaliated and pounded terrorists’ positions, destroying their positions and military equipment and killing or wounding a number of the terrorists.

The terrorist groups, specially the Al-Nusra front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board), deployed in Quneitra’s countryside are supported directly by Israel.

Field sources reported last week that the terrorists stationed in Northern Quneitra launched offensives against the Syrian army in the town of Hazar.

According to the report, the Syrian army units repulsed their offensives in clashes with terrorists and artillery and missile attacks against their positions in Jabata al-Khashab, Oufania, Asmadaniyeh Qarbiyeh, al-Hamidiyeh, al-Horiyeh and Mashareh.

Reports also said that militants in Dara’a al-Balad also launched rocket attacks on the districts in Northern al-Khat and al-Kashef in Dara’a.

The Syrian army responded to the offensive with artillery attacks on terrorists’ positions.

French Forces Seeking to Set up Security Base in Northeastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- French military plan to set up a security base in Western Raqqa that is under the control of the US-backed militias, a militant-affiliated news website reported on Saturday.

Smart news reported that the French Forces paid a visit to Kandal Field in Western Raqqa in Northeastern Syria that is under the control of Washington-backed militias.

It further said that the French forces left their base in the town of Manbij in Northern Aleppo to set up a security base in western Raqqa, adding that almost 140 militias will go under intelligence- security trainings under the French forces’ supervision.

Meantime, other reports said the French are running talks with ISIL in Eastern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted militant-affiliated sources as disclosing that the talks between the French forces and the ISIL meant to reach an agreement for the release of 5,000 captives in ISIL’s jails, adding that the French forces, in return, would insure the ISIL terrorists’ safe evacuation from the villages and towns of Hajin, Albu Hassan, al-Sha’afa, al-Shouseh and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

Based on the agreement, the ISIL would be relocated to Abu Hamezeh and Tal al-Shayer regions in Southeastern Hasaka near the border with Iraq.

Also, both sides agreed to continue talks over the release of 620 women and children who are family members of ISIL militants that are in the Kurdish fighters’ custody.