Provinces, SANA – The Syrian Arab Army established control over a number of mountains and strategic hills in the southeastern countryside of Homs province, eliminating a number of ISIS terrorists and destroying their vehicles, in addition to killing a number of terrorists in Deir Ezzor and Sweida provinces.
Sources on the ground told SANA that army units, aided by supporting forces, established control over each of the heights of Heit, Rashid, Rawasi al-Tawal, Kurdi and Rawabi al-Tahin, in addition to Jbeil Mountain that overlooks al-Qaryatain city in the southeastern countryside of Homs province.
Taking control of these heights followed fierce clashes with ISIS terrorists that ended up in eliminating all of their hideouts and killing dozens of them, while the remaining terrorists fled eastward into al-Badiya (desert), according to the sources.
Afterwards, the army engineering units dismantled and removed all the mines and explosive devices which the terrorists had planted to hinder the army’s advance in the area.
Later, in a statement to journalists from Jbeil Mountain, the general in command of the Third Division said that the army established control over the aforementioned heights after eliminating the last remaining concentrations of ISIS in the area, destroying several heavy machinegun-equipped vehicles, 3 tanks, 2 bulldozers rigged with explosives, and 12 vehicles equipped with armor-piercing machineguns.
The commander added that the army seized a solar-powered satellite broadcasting station at Jbeil Mountain and uncovered bases bearing the emblem of ISIS, in addition to seizing a number of tanks rigged with explosives and vehicles equipped with assorted machineguns.
He explained that by establishing control over these strategic heights, the army cut off ISIS supply lines and isolated al-Qaryatain city from the desert, which will serve as a springboard leading to restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain and Palmyra (Tadmur).
On a relevant note, sources on the ground said that a number of ISIS terrorists were killed and a tank they had been using was destroyed in clashes with army units on the direction of Rawabi al-Tahin and Mahasseh to the south of Mhein town in the province.
In the meantime, media sources stated that Taha al-Dandashi, an ISIS terrorist who is nicknamed Abu Mohammad of Lebanon, was killed during army operations in the surroundings of Palmyra city.
A guided missile fired by an army unit targeted ISIS terrorists at al-Taim oil field site in southern Deir Ezzor.
According to source on the ground, the missile destroyed a bulldozer while involved in setting up barriers and fortifications near the Electricity Company in the area.
Another army unit hit a gathering of ISIS terrorists, destroying one of their vehicles, in al-Bugheiliyeh village, northwest of Deir Ezzor city.
An army unit destroyed a gathering of vehicles for ISIS terrorists to the north east of al-Qasr village in Sweida countryside.
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