Aleppo, SANA – The army has established full control over 18 villages in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS in personnel and equipment.
Following fierce battles with ISIS terrorists, the army units recaptured the villages of Shanhasa, al-Shami, Rweidet al-Bab, Rasm al-Harmal, Tabbaret Madi, al-Mazboureh, Rasm al-Khabbaz, Rasm al-Sheeh, al-Manazer, Um Kharzeh, Abu Jabbar, al-Qiteh, Qassr al-Breij, al-Jadideh, Khirbet al-Mansoura, al-Mazroufa, Mistarihet Miri and Khirbet Kabbar and the strategic Fikha hill (512 m high), al-Hawara hill (495 m high) and the strategic Salim mountain in the eastern part of Aleppo province, SANA reporter said on Saturday.
The reporter said the total area liberated by the army is estimated at 500 square kilometers, noting that many ISIS terrorists, including foreigners, were killed or injured in the battles, while 8 car bombs were destroyed.
The engineering units have dismantled a large number of explosive devices and bombs planted by ISIS terrorists in the villages and agricultural land there.
Having advanced this far, the Syrian army is now in control of an area of over 600 square kilometers liberated in less than a week, according to the reporter.
The army air force carried out a series of airstrikes on the ISIS gatherings and fortifications in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor city.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor Province said that the army airstrikes targeted ISIS terrorist positions in the surroundings of al-Thardah Mountain, al-Panorama, al-Maqaber and al-Makabat areas and Junaid battalion, inflicting heavy losses upon the
terrorist organization in personnel and equipment.
Meanwhile, local sources said that one of the ISIS terrorists was killed in the so-called al-Hesbah in al-bu kamal city and 4 others in al-Maiadin city.
Army units clashed with Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who attacked al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad from the directions of al-Masri roundabout, the western side of the city, west of the old Customs building and Tall al-Zmeitiyeh.
A military source told SANA that the clashes ended up with foiling the assault after many of the attackers were killed.
An artillery base, a vehicle equipped with a machine gun and two armored cars were destroyed as a result of the clashes.
Later, a military source said that army units repelled an infiltration attempts by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the direction of military positions in al-Manshiye neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad, killing scores of terrorists.
A military source told SANA that army units destroyed two rocket-launching platforms and a car loaded with ammo for Jabhat al-Nusra and eliminated a number of terrorists in the surroundings of Talbiseh and in al-Ameriyeh village in the eastern and northern countryside of Homs province.