ISIS announced that 12 pro-Syrian government fighters were killed during clashes with its fighters near the village of Dakila east of Salamya city in the eastern Hama countryside.
Liwa al-Quds, one of the main allies of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), announced on its official Facebook page that 12 of its fighters were killed in battles with ISIS in the same area.
Despite considerable losses, the SAA and its allies managed to make some gains in the area. Governmment forces recaptured two points around the oil pipeline east of Salamya and captured a BMP-1 vehicle.
Russian and Syrian Air Force warplanes continued carrying out airstrikes on ISIS positions in Aqirabat town and its vicinity in the eastern Hama countryside, and in Sukhna town and its vicinity in the eastern Homs countryside.
Sources from the opposition confirmed that the SAA managed to secure the villages of Shanan, Al-Rahbi, Al-Ratba, Al-Sabkha, Ghanem Al-Ali, Al-Shiredi in the southern Raqqah countryside and is now preparing for an advance towards its next target, the strategic town of Maadan located between the western Deir Ezzor countryside and the eastern Raqqa countryside.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the SAA killed 233 ISIS fighters during its advance in the southern Raqqa countryside and eastern Homs countryside in the last 19 days.
However, the SAA has not made any notable gains in the eastern Hama countryside so far. Local sources report that the reason behind this failure is a lack of coordination among pro-government units.