Syrian Army Only 4km Away from Palmyra – GPD/Veterans Today
TEHRAN (FNA) – The Syrian army forces continued advancing in Tadmur region on Thursday, and regained control of regions 4km away from the Central city.
The Syrian army and popular forces cleaned up a number of villages and farms near Tadmur from terrorists and reached 4km away from the Western side of the city in Homs province last night.
Advancing continues from the Western side of the city and many ISIL terrorists have been obliged to escape to inside Tadmur city for the fear of the Syrian army’s surprising attacks.
Also on Tuesday, Syrian Kurdish fighters took more than 10 villages North of Raqqa city from the ISIL terrorists.
At least 78 ISIL terrorists were killed since Sunday night, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
But, on Tuesday, the terrorist group was still in control of Ain Issa, the Britain-based Observatory said. The town, 50 km (30 miles) North of Raqqa city, was seized by ISIL terrorists from the Kurdish YPG forces in an attack on Monday.
The Observatory said YPG forces regained control of 11 villages Northeast of Ain Issa.
The YPG has made significant gains against ISIL in Raqqa province in recent weeks, seizing Tel Abyad at the Turkish border on June 15 before advancing South to Ain Issa.
The YPG captured Ain Issa on June 23.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.
Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.
After receiving intelligence about the time and place of the meeting of Ahrar al-Sham leaders, the Hezbollah forces attacked their operations room on Wednesday night.
Three top commanders of the terrorist group were killed in the operation while 35 more were injured and the terrorists’ vehicles were also completely destroyed.
Earlier on Wednesday, Syrian troops and fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, continued advance in their offensive into the border town of Zabadani.
The army and Hezbollah forces’ joint operations continued for the fifth consecutive day in Zabadani in Reef (countryside of) Damascus from several directions and they could free 15 blocks in al-Zohrah district in the Northwestern part of the town.
They also killed tens of terrorists and wounded scores of others during their clashes with the militants.
Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported Monday that fighters of the group, backed by Syrian troops, are advancing into Central parts of Zabadani to purge the militants from the last positions they held inside the city.
The report said the allied forces seized control of residential areas in the al-Sultani district South of Zabadani while they are progressing to control the Al-Huda Mosque neighborhood.
Lebanese sources said Hezbollah fighters are closing in on militants trapped in Central Zabadani, pouring fire on them from every side.
Militants suffered heavy casualties in clashes that erupted Sunday in various parts of Zabadani. Fighting also raged overnight Monday when Syrian fighter jets pounded the positions of militants in Al-Jamaiyat neighborhood, West of the city.
At least four Hezbollah fighters and several Syrian troops have reportedly been killed in the battle on Zabadani, a strategic border town located 50 kilometers Northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The offensive is part of a wider operation launched by Syria and Hezbollah since May 4, which has reportedly driven militants out of more than 90 percent of the territory previously controlled by them in mountainous Qalamoun region.
The highly strategic area, which straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border, was previously used by the al-Nusra Front militants for transferring weapons and ammunition into Syria, where they have been involved in terrorist activities.