The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies reached the key area of Qabr al-Sheikh Hassan in the framework of their military operation against the remaining fighters of ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on June 22.
The Syrian al-Suwayda 24 blog said that the SAA lost seven soldiers and killed nine fighters of ISIS in the last 24 hours. SAA soldiers also captured more than thirty motorcycles and heavy weapons from ISIS.
During its advance in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside, the SAA also uncovered a network of tunnels of ISIS. The National Defense Forces (NDF) said that ISIS cells had used these tunnels to hide and to smuggle weapons.
Earlier, the SAA captured the areas of Qus Abu Jabal and Tell Mughir north of the area of Khirbat al-Umbashi in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside after successfully splitting the ISIS pocket there.
The SAA and its allies have cleared 4,500km in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside from ISIS cells, since the beginning of their security operation, according to the SANA. The SAA mission there will likely end within a few weeks, if not days.