Syria Liberates Last IS Stronghold in Homs

Syrian Army tightened the noose on IS terrorists in Homs Province with its units targeting with accurate strikes the remaining positions of the terrorists who have fled deep into the desert
Syrian Army entered al-Sukhnah in Homs Province from three directions, liberating the town.Syrian Army entered al-Sukhnah in Homs Province from three directions, liberating the town.

The Syrian Army has liberated the town of al-Sukhnah following an intense battle over the weekend, the last major stronghold of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group in Homs Province.

On Sunday, the Syrian Army further “tightened the noose on IS terrorists in al-Sukhnah” in a swift but intense operation, subsequently securing the town over the weekend, RT reported, citing Syria’s SANA.

“Army units targeted with accurate strikes the remaining positions of the terrorists, who have fled deep into al-Badia (desert),” a military source told SANA, adding that most IS leaders in the strategic town had been killed and terrorist equipment destroyed.

Earlier Saturday, Almasdar news and SANA reported that the Syrian Army entered the town in Homs Province from three different directions, forcing the militants to retreat. After an intense battle, the town was liberated.

“Syrian Army ordinance disposal teams have started work on clearing al-Sukhnah of mines and improvised explosive devices,” a military source said.

Capturing the town of al-Sukhnah is the latest victory of the Syrian Army against IS. The town lies about 50 km from the ancient city of Palmyra and about the same distance from Deir ez-Zor Province, one of the last remaining patches under IS control.

In addition to making advances against the terrorists in Homs Province, the Syrian Army, backed by the Russian air force, also advanced in Hama Province and in areas of Raqqa Province, where US-led coalition is conducting its own operation near the IS stronghold.

In another development, the Syrian government briefly shifted focus from Syria’s dusty battlefields to the marble halls of the United Nations in New York, once again denouncing the coalition, which has intervened in Syria without UN or Damascus’ approval, for breaching international law.

In correspondence with the UN, Damascus accused the US-led coalition of new atrocities against civilians, charging that it attacked a hospital in Raqqa and has discharged “internationally banned white phosphorus munitions” against the Syrian people.

On Saturday alone, at least 43 civilians were killed and dozens more injured after airstrikes hit residential neighborhoods in Raqqa city, SANA reported, stating that many of the victims were women and children.

The US-led coalition has denied bombing the hospital in Raqqa, but admitted in a statement to RT that they indeed use white phosphorus to assist “partner forces” on the ground, while taking “all reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of incidental injury to non-combatants and damage to civilian structures”.

In its latest assessment of civilian casualties from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria released earlier this week, the US-led coalition claimed 624 people were “unintentionally killed” since the start of the campaign against IS in the region.


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