In the Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Continue to Deploy in Demilitarized Zone As Army Fends Off Attacks in Hama, Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorist groups continued to deploy militants in the demilitarized zone in violation of the Sochi Agreement reached by Moscow and Ankara as the Syria army foiled a new wave of attacks by Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists and their allies in Northern Hama and Southeastern Idlib.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported that despite a deadline for establishing a demilitarized zone, the members of Islamic Turkistani Party affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham continue their deployment in the battlefronts to go to war with the Syrian Army in Sahl al-Ghab and al-Sarmaniyeh heights to Northern Jisr al-Shoghour.

Meantime, the Syrian army clashed with Islamic Turkistani terrorists who were trying to penetrate into the army’s positions in the surrounding areas of al-Masaseneh town in Northern Hama and foiled their attempt.

The Syrian army troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists and forced others to flee towards areas in the demilitarized zone in Southeastern Idlib.

Other Syrian army units, meantime, launched missile attacks on Tahrir al-Sham positions in al-Jisat village and the outskirts of al-Latamineh, killing and wounding many of them.

In Eastern Idlib, the Syrian army’s artillery units also pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham in Tavil al-Halib village and two towns of Bariseh and Tal al-Sultan as well as Katibeh Mahjoreh in Eastern Idlib, leaving a large number dead and wounded.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian Army opened heavy fire at movements of the terrorist groups, deployed in the demilitarized zone, in a preemptive move as militants were preparing to resume fire on government forces in Northern Hama.

The army’s artillery units targeted the movements of a terrorist group South of the village of al-Zakat and repelled their attack on the government forces’ positions in the village of Shilout in Marhadah region in Northern Hama.

A number of terrorists were killed or wounded in the artillery attack and the remaining pockets of the terrorists retreated from the region.

In the meantime, other units of the army targeted terrorists’ movements in the village of Tal al-Sakhar, preventing them from prevailing over government forces’ positions in Northern Hama.

Also, other artillery units shelled terrorists’ movements in the village of Khirbet al-Naqous in Northwestern Hama, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

The terrorists have still deployed in demilitarized zone in spite of Turkey’s attempts to expel them.

Army Sends More Military Convoys to Sweida Desert to Counter ISIL

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army dispatched more forces and equipment to the Eastern desert of Sweida on Thursday to hunt the remaining pockets of ISIL trapped in the rugged terrain.

Battlefield sources said that the Syrian army dispatched hundreds of soldiers, tens of military and armored vehicles and heavy equipment from Hazar town in Quneitra province to the surrounding areas of Toloul al-Safa region in the Eastern desert of Sweida.

The sources noted that a large number of Syrian army’s units and military equipment have been dispatched to Toloul al-Safa in the past week.

The Syrian Army’s Special Forces who have participated in different battles of Damascus, Quneitra and Dara’a are also taking part in the anti-ISIL military operation in Sweida.

Last month, the army, led by their elite 4th Armored Division and 5th Corps, began their push up the steep cliffs of Toloul al-Safa region, striking several sites controlled by the ISIL terrorists.

Not long after launching their large-scale assault, the Syrian Army found themselves involved in a tough battle with the ISIL terrorists at one of several rocky cliffs in Toloul al-Safa region.

According to a military source in the provincial capital of Sweida, the Syrian army managed to advance up one of the highest peak in Toloul al-Safa region, leaving them only a short distance from imposing fire control over much of the area.

The military source said that the Syrian army did suffer over ten casualties trying to make this advance; they would also inflict heavy losses in the ISIL ranks.

The Army is now working to secure several hilltops in Toloul al-Safa region, as they look to eliminate the last remnants of the ISIL in Southern Syria.

Fierce Infighting Erupts Among Terrorists in Aleppo’s Afrin, Leaves Heavy Casualties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Heavy clashes erupted among terrorists of Jeish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh in Afrin region in Western Aleppo over the past 24 hours, leaving a large number of militants dead and many more injured from both sides.

Local sources reported that Jeish al-Islam terrorists and militants of Ahrar al-Sharqieh heavily clashed near Kaveh al-Hadad in Afrin in Western Aleppo.

“Fierce clashes left many terrorists dead and many others wounded form both sides. Meantime, several civilians were also killed in the infighting between the two terrorist groups,” the sources said.

The local sources noted that the clashes took place over the deployment of the militants in the region, while the militants’ so-called Police Forces were sent to the region to put an end to the clashes.

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.

Aleppo

Heavy clashes erupted among terrorists of Jeish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh in Afrin region in Western Aleppo, leaving a large number of militants dead and many more injured from both sides.

Jeish al-Islam terrorists and militants of Ahrar al-Sharqieh heavily clashed near Kaveh al-Hadad in Afrin in Western Aleppo, local sources reported.

The sources noted that fierce clashes left many terrorists dead and many others wounded form both sides. Meantime, several civilians were also killed in the infighting between the two terrorist groups.

“The clashes took place over the deployment of the militants in the region, while the militants’ so-called Police Forces were sent to the region to put an end to the clashes,” the local sources said.

In a relevant development on Sunday, Ankara-backed terrorists engaged in fresh round of clashes in the towns of Azaz and Afrin in Northern and Northwestern Aleppo.

Gunmen of Liwa al-Shamal and their rival terrorists known as Police Forces, both backed up by the Turkish army, engaged in heavy fighting in the town of Azaz in Northern Aleppo.

The infighting came after the Police Forces arrested 2 Liwa al-Shamal militants.

The infighting inflicted several casualties on both sides.

Local sources, meantime, said that al-Shamiyah Front sent its gunmen from Afrin to Azaz following the infighting.

Other sources in Afrin reported that militants of Sultan Murad clashed fiercely with other rival militants in the village of Kafr Janah in Afrin, adding that several terrorists were killed and at least 10 more were wounded in the infighting between the two Ankara-backed militant groups.

Hasaka

A Kurdish politician said US efforts to prevent the Turkish army attacks on the Kurds would lead to nowhere.

“The stances adopted by the US-led coalition forces in Syria may not deter Turkey’s aggressions on regions located in Eastern Euphrates,” member of the executive body of Syrian Democratic Alliance Talat Youness said on Wednesday.

The politician reiterated that the US measures to prevent Turkey’s attacks are in vain.

Youness’ remarks came as the US and Kurdish forces patrolled Syria’s regions bordering Turkey, including Hasaka and Aleppo.

Meantime, the Turkish army’s troops launched mortar attacks on Tal Jeyhan village in Torbeh Sibeh region East of Qameshli.

The Turkish army troops also attacked al-Mahta district of Ra’as al-Ain border town in Hasaka province.

Idlib

Over 30 members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists and pro-militant White Helmets Organization have been arrested after information leaked about the transfer of chemical weapons cargoes by the militants in Idlib province.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted unnamed sources as disclosing that Tahrir al-Sham and Jeish al-Izzah terrorists arrested 29 of their own members and also 5 members of the White Helmets, accusing them of involvement in disclosing information about chemical weapons and poisonous gases, including their storage locations and transfer of them to new locations.

Tahrir al-Sham and Jeish al-Izzah set up a joint committee 3 days ago to investigate and find those behind the leak of chemical information.