On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its operations against ISIS in the southern Raqqa countryside where it captured Eastern Zamlah village, Zamlah pumping station and the gas fields of Zalmah and Khala’. Furthermore, the SAA managed to fully capture Fahed oil field.
According to the Hezbollah media wing, Syrian and Russian Air Force warplanes targeted ISIS positions east of Ithriyah in the eastern countryside of Hama, in the vicinity of Hamima east of Al-Qadir in the eastern Homs countryside, and west of the Al-Fahdi station, the vicinity of Bir Al-Rumailan, Tal Rojum and South Zemla in the southern Raqqa countryside.
Meanwhile the SAA called the civilians from Maskanah and Deir Hafer areas and its vicinity in the eastern Aleppo countryside, to return to their homes and farms. Civilians in the areas controlled by the Euphrates Shield and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had demanded that the Syrian government allow them to return to their villages after ISIS withdraw. However, the Syrian government was unable to do so before fully clearing the area from ISIS. Now, this problem is solved.
From its side, ISIS claimed the killing of 12 Syrian soldiers after targeting an SAA gathering in Hamima village in the eastern Homs countryside with a VBIED followed by an attack by ISIS fighters on SAA positions there. ISIS also claimed that it destroyed two SAA tanks with ATGMs during the attack, as well as, captured a T-62 tank, a bulldozer, 23mm / 12.7mm guns and two Konkurs missiles. From its side, a source from the SAA confirmed that the army managed to repel ISIS attack and maintained all of its positions in Hamima near Deir Ezzor.