Syria Army Retakes Key Area in Eastern Homs

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Syria’s army and its allies continued to make gains against Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Homs, managing to retake a key area in the eastern countryside of the central province.

On Friday evening, Syrian troops established control over Ark gas station, 6 km northeast of Ark village, along with four vantage points in Homs, a military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, SANA news agency reported.

The recapture of the areas came after the army forces foiled a major attack by the terrorists on Jabbab Hamad village in the east of Umm al-Tababeer district in Homs, the source added.

Large groups of the terrorists were killed and injured in the counterattack.

According to the source, the Syrian government forces also thwarted an attack by the Takfiri Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militant group in the area of Jawalak-al-Mahatta-Sensil in the eastern countryside of Homs.

Over the past six years, Syria has been fighting foreign-sponsored militancy. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August 2016 that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the Syrian crisis until then. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.

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