On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies managed to capture the Al-Abbasia area, the ancient Hamamt Zenobia area and the Olayanieh village southeast of Palmyra.
The SAA advance followed an intense bombardment by warplanes and helicopters of the Syrian and Russian air forces in the areas of Al-Abbasia and Al-Sukariya in eastern Palmyra.
The SAA is now in only 40 km from the strategic town of Al-Sukhna, which is the starting point for push to Deir Ezzor.
In the eastern Aleppo countryside, the SAA captured 37 villages and farms south, including Debsi Faraj, entered the western Raqqa countryside and reached the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) west and south of Tabqah town.
The SAA captured the whole area after the withdrawal of the ISIS fighters, and it is believed that SAA will move towards Khanasir with the aim of completely eliminating ISIS in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
With this development, the distance between the SAA positions north of the Al-Sha’er gas field and south of Khanasir road is only 50 km. The SAA may launch a large attack on ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside after the completion of the current operation in the eastern Aleppo countryside.