The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its operation to secure the countryside of Palmyra.
On April 5, the SAA captured the southwestern side of the strategic Al-Muzabed mountain northeast of Palmyra city. This mountain overlooks the Arak gas field located east of the ancient city. Few days ago the SAA also reached the gates of Al-Shaer, Jazal and Al-Maher gas fields .
Meanwhile, the ISIS-linked news agency ‘Amaq’ released photos of ISIS fighters defending their positions around Al-Shaer and Al-Maher gas fields. The agency didn’t report any causalities among pro-government forces.
Russian and Syrian warplanes carried out a large number of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the Arak field, near the around Aintar mountain, the Al-Tlelah cross point, the Quarries area, the old ammo storage base north and east of Palmyra.
A fresh ANNA report showed the SAA using the Russian TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system to target ISIS fortifications in the countryside of Palmyra.
A TOS-1A is in action near Palmyra:
According to pro-government sources, the SAA are aiming to capture Al-Shaer, Al-Maher, Arak and Jazal gas fields until the end of April. The SAA may head towards Sukhnnah later this year in the first phase of a possible operation to break the ISIS siege of Deir Ezzor.
Government troops near Jazal and al-Shaer:
Photos of ISIS militants near Jazal:
Photos of ISIS militants near al-Shaer: