“An estimated 1,100-1,200 Iraqi fighters from Kata’eb Imam Ali, Kata’eb Hezbollah and Liwa Abu Fadl al-Abbas have arrived to Palmyra, while Russian fighter jets hold off the ISIL terrorists away from the boundaries of the ancient desert city,” the sources said.
In relevant developments in the province on Saturday, the Syrian army tanks opened heavy fire at the ISIL terrorist group’s military hardware and construction machinery and equipment while they were constructing new strongholds in the Northern part of Palmyra, killing and wounding a number of the militants.
The Syrian army and its allies engaged in Tough battle in Sanisel front in Northern Homs.
Meantime, the Syrian fighter jets hit hard the terrorists’ military positions in al-Rastan region in Northern Homs.
The Syrian soldiers inflicted major losses and casualties on the ISIL militants and in a hours long battle forced them to retreat from three key heights near Petrol Line region in Eastern Hama.
Meantime on Saturday, the Syrian army units, backed by popular forces, attacked the al-Nusra Front terrorist group’s positions in Hama, killing two notorious commanders.
The army launched an offensive against the al-Nusra Front’s gathering centers in the road linking al-Zara and Hirbnafsa towns on Saturday, killing a number of terrorists, including two of their commanders.
After the attack, the Syrian air force targeted Jund al-Aqsa’s base in Morek town in Northern Hama, which killed and wounded tens of terrorists.
According to the field sources, the fighter jets’ airstrikes completely destroyed the terrorists’ headquarters in Morek.
According to the sources, names of 7 senior commanders of different terrorist groups are also seen among the dead, including Abu al-Walid al-Shabal, the commander of Fajr al-Sham group in Ain al-Tal region, Abu Motasam, the commander of al-Shabab group, Ahmad Salkho, the commander of Nureddin Zinki group, Mohammad Mahanna, the commander of Mountain Hawks group, Morad al-Basha, the commander of Sultan Morat group, Abu al-Ais, the commander of Faylaq al-Sham group and Abu Jamal Makhzoum, the commander of Estaqam Kama Omerat group.
“Such a large number of terrorist casualties in the Northern parts of Aleppo is unprecedented but they are well aware that the Syrian army’s control over Handarat camp means the end of their life in Aleppo,” a field source told FNA on Sunday.
Military sources said on Saturday that tens of armored vehicles of the terrorist groups, including 40 advanced tanks, were destroyed in the Syrian Army’s anti-terrorism operations in Northern and Northwestern Aleppo in the last 30 days.
“The large-scale operations of the Syrian army and its popular allies in al-Malaah region, Castillo highway, Handarat, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zeid and other battlefields North and Northwest of Aleppo city inflicted major damage on the terrorist groups’ military hardware, including 40 tanks, and killed over 300 terrorists,” the sources said.
Earlier reports said that Russian warplanes, in close cooperation with Syrian choppers, targeted the terrorist groups’ strongholds across Aleppo city districts, inflicting major casualties and losses on the militants.
Terrorists’ gatherings and concentration centers in Jandoul Roundabout, Shuqaif Bridge, Shuqaif Industrial District, al-Kindi District, Hraytan and Kafr Hamra were massively bombed by the Syrian military helicopters and Russian fighter jets.
Scores of the militants were killed or wounded and their military hardware was badly damaged in the attacks.