The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken control of the villages of Al-Shreima, Jadidah and Rasm Askar as well as several strategic hills east of Khansir from ISIS in the eastern Aleppo countryside. SAA engineer units have begun working on removing mines and IEDs left behind by ISIS fighters, according to pro-government sources.
It is believed that Syrian Army began the advance east of Khanasir in order to push ISIS fighters from the eastern Aleppo countryside to the Resafa-Ithriyah road, which is under fire control of the SAA, to exterminate them and liberate the entire eastern Aleppo countryside.
The ISIS-linked News Agency Amaq published photos of an ISIS attack on SAA positions in eastern Resafa in the southern Raqqa countryside. However, the SAA managed to repel the attack.
According to sources from the Desert Hawks Brigade, SAA and Desert Hawks Brigade reinforcements continue reaching the eastern Hama countryside and the operation will be launched once the SAA liberates the Resafa-Ithriyah road and the remaining areas in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
ISIS also claimed that its members have damaged a tank of the Syrian Army with an ATGM east of the Arak gas field in the eastern Homs countryside.