Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Gains Access to Terrorists’ Underground City in Aleppo City

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The Syrian army and resistance forces discovered an interconnected network of tunnels in the Old Aleppo City district which was used by the terrorist.

The vast tunnel was like an underground town with all the needed facilities, including electricity, water, bathroom, military operations room and well-equipped waiting halls.

Reports said the terrorists had dug the tunnel by utilizing state-of-the-art machinery.

The Syrian troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in other key provinces.

Aleppo

The Syrian army troops gained access to an advanced and interconnected network of underground tunnels that had been dug by terrorists in the Old Aleppo City district and below a holy religious site.

“The vast tunnel was like an underground town with all the needed facilities, including electricity, water, bath, military operations room and well-equipped waiting halls,” the Syrian army troops said.

The tunnel is around 500 meters long, around 2.5 to 3 meters high, and two meters wide.

Reports said the terrorists had dug the tunnel by utilizing state-of-the-art machinery.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Peace Coordination Center in Syria announced that the Syrian Army troops and popular forces have squeezed Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in an area no larger than 3 sq/km, after taking control of more than 98 percent of entire Eastern Aleppo.

“Over the past 24 hours, Syrian government forces have liberated 11 districts of Eastern Aleppo. Thus, the Syrian authorities have regained control of over 98 percent of Aleppo city,” the Russian Center said in a statement, adding that “the area controlled by the militants in Eastern Aleppo does not exceed 3 square kilometers”.

The reports further added that the army men and popular forces have started large-scale offensives against Jeish al-Fatah positions to liberate the remaining militant-held neighborhoods and have managed to advance in the battlefields.

Reports said earlier on Tuesday that the army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters continued to attack the last defense lines of Jeish al-Fatah terrorists near the newly-liberated districts of Bostan al-Qasr (Bustan al-Kaser) and al-Kelaseh, cornering militants in a very small area.

The pro-government forces started a large-scale offensive against the positions of the terrorists South of the districts of Bostan al-Qasr and al-Kelaseh and managed to advance against terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Mashhad and al-Sukri, pushing terrorists back from their positions.

According to the latest reports, Jeish al-Fatah militants were defending their positions in the neighborhoods of al-Sukri, Zabdiyeh, al-Ansari and al-Mashhad whose fall would amount to the full liberation of Aleppo city.

In the meantime, fierce clashes were underway between the army soldiers and militants in the Southern parts of Seif al-Dowleh neighborhood and small parts of Salahuddin neighborhood.

A field source disclosed that the defense lines of the terrorists have completely collapsed and they are now able to resist against the government forces’ strikes, saying the army men and Hezbollah will soon liberate theses remaining neighborhoods.

Homs

Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out several combat flights over ISIL terrorists’ gatherings and movements in Eastern Homs, destroying militants’ supply cargos.

The Syrian army aircraft targeted ISIL’s military convoys in al-Sukhnah region and in areas surrounding the militant-held city of Palmyra (Tadmur), leaving tens of militants dead and their vehicles destroyed.

In the meantime, the Syrian fighter jets targeted the positions of ISIL in al-Bardeh region and near the villages of Rahoum, Onq al-Hawa, in the regions of Wadi al-Na’eimi and Qasr al-Hayer in Eastern Homs, killing or wounding tens of terrorists and destroying their military vehicles.

The Russian fighter jets, for their part, bombed the concentration centers and movements of ISIL along the Homs-Palmyra highway to prevent ISIL from regrouping for another wave of attacks on T4 airbase.

The Russian warplanes also pounded ISIL’s defense lines in Jabal (mount) al-Tar, Jabal Hayyan, and the village of al-Ameriyeh near the newly-occupied city of Palmyra to prevent terrorists from fortifying and strengthening their positions.

A field source disclosed earlier today that the Syrian Army has sent a large number of fresh forces and a large volume of military equipment to the T4 airbase in Eastern Homs to repel ISIL’s non-stop raids on the base.

“The Army has forwarded a large number of forces and a large volume of equipment to the surroundings of T4 airbase to reinvigorate the defense capabilities of its soldiers in the face of ISIL’s growing offensives,” the source said, adding that fierce clashes are underway in around T4 airbase.

The source further added that ISIL’s continued attacks to capture T4 base have so far been repulsed by army men, saying the pro-government forces are readying to carry out large-scale anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Homs.

The sources pointed out that the army is sending more troops and equipment to the region to start a fresh operation to liberate Palmyra and the entire gas and oil fields in Eastern Homs that they have lost to ISIL in last couple of days.

“The start time of the pro-government forces’ operation depends on when the dispatch of forces and equipment to T4 would complete,” the source added.

The source went on to say that the ISIL is carrying its attacks from several flanks in Eastern Homs and has opened news fronts to capture the T4 airbase and the town of al-Quaryatayn after they managed to capture Palmyra.

“The army’s operations are currently limited to targeting ISIL’s supply lines to prevent the dispatch of logistical cargos and refreshments from Raqqa and Iraq’s Mosul to Palmyra,” the source disclosed.   

Damascus

Syrian Army soldiers continued their advances against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, capturing a number of farms near al-Meida’ani region.

The army men advanced over 500 meters in depth of terrorists-held regions in al-Meida’ani farms and reached the strategic Tal (hill) Farzat, inflicting major losses on the militants.

A field source said that the army units are resolved to continue their advances against militants from several directions and lay siege on the terrorists deployed to the town of al-Nashabiyeh and its surrounding villages.

A Syrian military official disclosed on Monday that the army soldiers and popular forces with the back up of the country’s fighter jets started a fresh round of attacks to restore more security to Damascus-Homs highway and put an end to Jeish al-Islam’s rule over Eastern Ghouta’s main city.

“The pro-government forces’ operation is aimed at restoring security to Harasta’s highway to reinvigorate the army’s control over the Damascus-Homs highway,” the official said.

He further said that the government forces started their anti-terrorism offensive from al-Aman Bellah fuel station towards Douma farms in al-Samadi, adding, “The Syrian air force targeted the movements of Jeish al-Islam in the region, inflicting a number of casualties on the militants.”

He went on to say that the army men with the support of the air force are completing their operation in farms of al-Hajjariyeh and Aliyeh adjacent to Douma, the main Jeish al-Islam stronghold in Eastern Ghouta.

The government forces also targeted terrorists in al-Shifouniyeh in the Eastern side of Douma and Hawsh al-Zawahereh to take back the region.

Dara’a

Syrian Army troops targeted heavily the gatherings and movements of the terrorist groups in and around Dara’a city in Southern Syria, inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants.

Terrorists’ strongholds in Dara’a al-Balad district in Southern Dara’a city, and West of the air-defense battalion and near the town of al-Yadoudeh in Northern Dara’a came under heavy attacks by the Syrian army units.

Terrorists suffered a heavy death toll and their vehicles and equipment sustained major damage in the army attacks.

Idlib-Lattakia

The Syrian Air Force carried out several bombing raids over the bases and gatherings of Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in the provinces of Idlib and Lattakia, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The warplanes bombed a base of the terrorists near the town of Kandeh in the Western direction of the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Southern Idlib, destroying the base completely and killing at least 7 militants and wounding several more.

In the meantime, the fighter jets targeted the gatherings and movements of the terrorists in Jabal (mount) Kafr Sandou and Height 1154 and the villages of Ein al-Baydeh and al-Tafahiyeh in Northern Lattakia, leaving tens of militants dead or wounded and destroying their vehicles.

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