On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces, liberated the Al-Bajar hill at the Ithriyah-Resafa road. The SAA also took control of several ISIS positions east of Umm Miyal town near the Ithriyah-Khanasir road.
Moreover, Russian and Syrian warplanes bombed ISIS positions and vehicles in Qulayb al-Tawr and Tabart al-Diba in the eastern Hama countryside.
In the eastern Homs countryside, the SAA continued its advance towards Al-Sokhna ater the liberation of the Arak Gas Station in Hazm al-Sawanah village. Thus, government forces deployed in the outskirts of Khirbet al-Qababah.
The SAA also advanced towards Tala’t al-Zib on the Arak-Sukhna road and controlled the area south of it.
On the other side, ISIS fighters launched an attack on SAA positions in Bir Anbaj village in the southern Tabqah countryside. ISIS claimed that 20 Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack, and claimed that its fighters managed to destroy a tank and a BMP-1 vehicle of the SAA during the attack.
It is expected that the SAA operations will end in the eastern Aleppo countryside and the Ithriyah-Resafa road within days. It is believed that SAA will focus oon operations in the eastern Hama countryside. Then it will work on connecting its part in the southern Raqqa countryside and the eastern Homs countryside.