Syrian forces advancing on terrorist stronghold to Latakia’s north

Photo: Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS

The Syrian army and self-defense forces have regained control over Tellet-Gazzalya heights and are advancing to the town of Kensaba – the last stronghold of gangs to the north of Latakia (in 320 kilometers from Damascus), TASS reports.

Al-Manar TV channel reported on Wednesday that fighting has become especially brutal in this region. A Syrian officer taking part in the operation said that the enemy “is suffering losses in personnel and equipment.” On Tuesday government forces freed three settlements near Latakia – Ayn Basura, Shelef and Billah. People will be allowed to return there after roads are demined.

Syrian government forces also made a strategic gain to the east of Aleppo (360 kilometers from Damascus). The Syrian army and self-defense forces ousted militants from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (banned in Russia) from the settlement of Abu Dana where a thermal power plant supplying electricity to Aleppo is located. Repair brigades were immediately sent to the facility.

Fighting with IS continues in 85 kilometers from Homs near Telyal Rawabi heights. Syrian government forces regained control over the highway leading to the town of El Karyateyn seized by terrorists. Army units are trying to shut off terrorists from the southern part of the highway and are advancing to Kabr Antara heights to encircle the enemy’s stronghold.

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