According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its operations east of Al-Heel field, where it advanced 2 km to become less than 9 km away from the strategic Sukhna town. During the clashes, the SAA managed to kill and wound a number of ISIS fighters.
Moreover, according to pro-government sources, 25 Syrian soldiers were killed east of the T-3 station as a result of a rapid attack by ISIS fighters.
From its side, ISIS claimed that its fighters managed to repel an SAA attack on the village of Hassou al-Albawi in the eastern Hama countryside, killing 4 Syrian soldiers and wounding 6 others.
The ISIS-linked News Agency Amaq also published a video showing an ISIS armed drone targeting an SAA soldiers gathering east of the Al-Heel field.
Pro-government sources claimed that the SAA, Tribal Forces and the Tiger Forces managed to advance 30 km towards the Euphrates River and reached the villages of Dalha and Akirishi on the West Bank of the Euphrates River. This claim hasn’t been confirmed so far.
ISIS announced that the Syrian warplanes and helicopters carried out 23 air strikes on the villages of Ghanem al-Ali and Zour Shamr on the West Bank of the Euphrates south-east of Dalha village, confirming SAA is at least close to the west bank of Euphrates River.
US officials announced that the Russian Air Force had transferred three Su-25sm Close Air Support fighters to the T4 air base in the eastern Homs countryside. It’s believed that the fighters will provide air support to the SAA and its allies during the battle of Sokhna and the operation towards Deir Ezzour.