On September 28, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Hamad Omar and Rasm Al-Qunbar villages inside the ISIS pocket east of Salamiyah town in the eastern Hama countryside, according to pro-government sources.
Furthermore, the SAA media department announced that the SAA also captured al-Sheha and Rasm al-Akedat villages east of Jubb al-Jarrah town inside the ISIS pocket.
Meanwhile, the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) linked news agency Iba’a announced that more civilians arrived to the HTS-held areas in Idlib governorate coming for ISIS pocket east of Salamiyah. The SAA is now allowing women, children and elderlies to leave ISIS-held area towards Idlib governorate.
In a related development, pro-government sources confirmed that ISIS captured many positions around al-Sukhnah town and on the al-Sukhnah–Deir Ezzor highway. However, according to the source, some units of the Tiger Forces were finally redeployed to repel the ISIS attack. The SAA will likely recapture all lost areas in the coming days. However, the ISIS attack slowed down significantly the government forces effort in the countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that so far over 100 SAA soldiers have been killed in the ongoing ISIS attack. Amaq also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed 4 tanks of the SAA on the al-Sukhnah–Deir Ezzor highway.