In the Last 24 Hours: Army Engages in Fierce Clashes with Daesh in Eastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army repelled numerous attacks by the ISIL against its positions in Eastern Deir Ezzur and Eastern Badiyeh (desert) of Homs, inflicting heavy losses and tolls on militants.

The Syrian army forces engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists who had attacked the military points near Station 3 in Eastern Badiyeh of Homs, leaving several militants dead and wounded.

Meantime, the artillery and missile units of the Syrian army pounded the ISIL moves near Awiraz dam, Jabal al-Qarab region and near the common borders with Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Badiyeh of Homs, destroying several targets and inflicting heavy losses on them.

Also, field sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur reported that a group of ISIL terrorists attacked the Syrian army positions in Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur from Baqouz Foqani region.

They noted that the terrorists were attempting to reach the occupied territories in Badiyeh region from the army points but were forced to withdraw after sustaining heavy tolls from the army.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Syrian Army fended off an attack by an ISIL group near Palmyra in Eastern Homs, and killed all invading militants.

The Syrian army in an ambush operation engaged in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists who had penetrated into Wadi al-Sahil region Southeast of al-Sukhna near Palmyra in Eastern Homs.

A battlefield source, meantime, said that the Syrian troops killed all the terrorists after destroying their vehicles and military equipment.

Army Smashes Terrorists’ Military Convoys in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army units pounded the terrorists’ military convoys in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib as the latter attempted to strengthen its positions in the demilitarized zone.

A Syrian field source reported on Thursday that the terrorists are strenuously bolstering their positions in the demilitarized zone in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib and sending new convoys to the contact lines with the Syrian army.

He added that the army launched heavy artillery and missile attacks on a military convoy of Horras al-Din militants in al-Tamane’ah in Southeastern Idlib, destroying a large number of their military equipment and killing several terrorists.

The army forces also targeted a gathering of military vehicles and terrorists in the town of Jorjanaz in Southern Idlib, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Meantime, the army troops launched artillery attacks against the military vehicles of Turkistani terrorists who were separating and stealing parts and equipment of Zizon power plant in Southwestern Idlib, destroying their military equipment.

Also, in Northern Hama, the Syrian army forces repelled an offensive by terrorists from the town of Ma’arkabeh towards the military points in al-Zalaqiyat and Zalin.

Also late last week, the Syrian army had heavily pounded the military positions and movements of the terrorists in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib after warding off their offensive.

The Syrian Army attacks came in response to the Turkistani Islamic Party attacks on their positions in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib on Sunday.

The Syrian Army heavily pounded the terrorists’ movements and military positions in the villages of al-Sarmanieh, Havash, al-Hoveijeh to North and Northwest of Hama, inflicting heavy losses on them.

In Southern Idlib, the Syrian Army also fended off an attack by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) on their positions from al-Hobait and al-Kasik.

The terrorists sustained heavy losses in the failed attacks on the Syrian Army military positions.

The Syrian Army units also pounded the terrorists’ military positions in the village of Safouhen in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Southern Idlib, destroying one of their arms depot and military equipment.

The Syrian Army also destroyed the headquarters of the terrorists in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib as government troops continue to repel attacks by the militants in the same region.

Army responds to terrorists’ attacks on safe areas in Hama countryside

7 February، 2019
Hama, SANA

Army units on Thursday destroyed terrorist groups’ positions and dens in the direction of Latamina, in response to their shelling attacks on Mharda city in Hama northern countryside, SANA reporter said.

Material damage was caused to properties when the terrorist groups fired two rocket shells on the residential neighborhoods in Mharda city.

In the northern countryside of Hama, army units responded to terrorists’ attacks and violation of the de-escalation zone agreement by intensively targeting their dens near Kafrzita, al-Sayyad and Hesraya , killing and injuring scores of them, the reporter said.

Over 1,500 Foreign Terrorists Enter Idlib from Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of foreign terrorists have entered Syria in the past few days under the supervision of a Turkish mediator and with collaboration of the country’s gendarme forces, local sources in Idlib reported on Wednesday.

Idlib

“A large number of foreign militants have opened their way into Idlib from Sarmada, Atmeh and Bab al-Salam passageway in the past 48 hours and joined the troops of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Horras al-Din terrorist groups,” the sources were quoted by the Arabic-language website of Sputnik as saying.

According to the report, 1,500 foreign terrorists, from Western, East Asian and Arab states, arrived in Idlib from Turkey on Sunday and Monday midnights while they had been hidden in container vehicles.

Also in the past 24 hours, Head of Damascus-based Syrian Human Rights Network Ahmad Kazem told Sputnik that al-Nusra terrorists were transporting barrels with chlorine to the Syrian town of Khan Sheykhun, using cars of the White Helmets movement.

Speaking further, the official said that White Helmets were equipping hotels with cameras in order to capture civilians harmed as result of provocation with the use of chlorine.

“According to our data from the scene, about 10 days ago, several containers with chlorine left [the Western Syrian city of] Jisr al-Shughur for the Khan Sheykhun area, in the South of the Idlib province. The transportation took place under the coordination and cooperation between the White Helmets and the Nusra Front. The containers with the toxic substance were transported in two ambulances,” the rights activist added.

According to Kazem, the containers were put into freezers in Khan Sheykhun and could be later used for attacks against civilians.

“The containers are expected to be used against civilians living in this area or other [regions]. We have information indicating that White Helmets representatives have installed photo and video equipment in a number of hospitals in order to later film civilians who would fall victims to the [possible] provocation,” Kazem stated.

Western countries have repeatedly accused Damascus of using chlorine, without providing sufficient evidence. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called such claims “insinuations”, while the country’s Defense Ministry has refuted the statements, claiming that it was based on rumors.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian government accused US military forces and their allied Kurdish militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of blocking deliveries of critical humanitarian supplies to internally displaced people in the country’s embattled Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

Mohammed Dhiab, the media coordinator for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in the province, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a convoy of 10 truckloads of drinking water, medicine, hygiene products and other basic commodities was once again prevented from passing al-Salihiyah crossing point.

He added that the convoy had been stopped at the Kurdish-controlled crossing point for five consecutive days before being denied entry under the pretext that American forces in the area had not allowed the passage.

Dhiab further noted that US troops and SDF militants placed concrete barriers and barricades in front of the trucks at last.

The official went on to say that the aid convoy had been provided by the Syrian government, SARC as well as the Russian Coordination Center, and was destined for the town of Hajin, which lies along the Euphrates River and South of the provincial capital city of Deir Ezzur.

Northern Syria

The United States shored up its presence in Syria, transferring about 150 trucks and armored vehicles and mobile generators to Northeastern parts of the country from neighboring Iraq, Anadolu news agency reported, citing local sources.

According to Anadolu Agency’s sources, the vehicles made their way into Kurdish-controlled areas of Northeastern Syria on Monday night, crossing the Simelka checkpoint along the Syrian-Iraqi border, and arriving at a US military logistics center in Syria’s Kharab Ishq and Sirrin.

Unverified video footage of the vehicles has been posted on social media. The video shows generators and construction equipment, Humvees, and Toyota pickup trucks carried by transport trucks.

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the contingent of 2,000 American troops from Syria in December, citing the imminent defeat of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) and his campaign promise to bring the US home from “endless wars” in the Middle East.