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Syrian Army Conducts 'Lightning Military Operation' Against Daesh Near Palmyra

Sputnik News

16:52 02.02.2017(updated 18:12 02.02.2017)

The field commander of the Syrian Army announced on Wednesday that the army has liberated new territories in the eastern part of Homs province.

"Units of the Syrian army and allied forces conducted a lightning military operation in the south and south-west of Tifur airport, west of Palmyra towards Mazraa-Fedda, Bir-Fedda and the ruins of Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi castle. The offensive was conducted with the support of artillery and aircraft," the source said.

The source also stressed that as a result of the operation, the army took back control of Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, Mazraa-Fedda and Bir-Fedda.

In the course of the operation dozens of terrorists were injured and killed. Their vehicles were also heavily damaged.

However, the Syrian Army did not suffer any losses.

Earlier, Syrian Arab Army soldiers launched an operation targeting militant-controlled areas in the southeast of Tiyas (T4) Airbase in Homs Governorate near the city of Palmyra.

The government forces pushed back the terrorists some 20 kilometers from the airbase.

According to the source, after Bir al Fukar area and the mountain range in Al-Sharife region are retaken, the situation around the T-4 base will stabilize.

In December 2016, the Syrian government's forces had to abandon Palmyra after Daesh stormed the city. The terrorists then moved for approximately 90 kilometers toward the city of Homs, taking key heights and several villages near Palmyra.

They attempted to storm the T-4 airbase as well, which is the main obstacle on their way to Homs, but were stopped by government forces.


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