On Friday, Syrian government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, liberated the Ithriyah-Resafa road.
According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, the SAA liberated 13 villages during its advance, including Bir Abu Allaj and Khirbat Qasir al-Maniyah.
During its operation, The SAA killed six ISIS commanders: Abu Adam al-Shishani, Abdul Raouf Salman, Abu Jaber al-Sabawi, Abu Khabab Tahir al-Aliwi, Abu Turki al-Bansilian, Abu Buthaina al-Shishani.
The Syrian Opposition Observatory claimed that the SAA captured all villages that had been under ISIS control in the eastern Aleppo countryside after the withdrawal of all ISIS fighters from the area. However, pro-government sources said that dozens of ISIS fighters including suicide attackers and snipers still holed up in several positions east of the Khanasir road.
The SAA will now be able to supply the Resafa front directly from Ithriyah. It is also expected that the operation against ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside will be launched soon with the participation of the Desert Hawks Brigade. Uqayribat is considered the main target for the SAA. The town is the last ISIS traffic point from the militant-held areas in Idlib.