The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces (QSF), backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have repelled an ISIS advance on Uqayribat town in the eastern Hama countryside that took place on Monday.
ISIS units raided government troops positions in Uqyribat town and even temporarily entered it. However, they were not able to develop their success and retreated from the key town. On Tuesday, a fighting continued near Uqayribat.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian warplanes destroyed 180 facilities belonging to ISIS near Uqayribat on Monay.The airstrikes were conducted in support of the advancing government troops.
“On Monday alone Russian planes flew more than 50 sorties near Akerbat [Uqayribat] to wipe out nearly 180 terrorist targets – terrorists’ pockets of resistance and strongholds, underground shelters, command centers, terrorists groups, artillery positions and ammunition depots and fuel and lubricants warehouses,” the Russian military group’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Lapin said.
Lapin said that with recapturing Uqayribat, the SAA and its allies pushed ISIS from their last strategic transport node in central Syria.
“The last remaining loopholes for delivering ammunition and materiel to the terrorists have been plugged. The Syrian army is pushing ahead with security sweeps to clear the areas west and north of Akerbat of terrorists. The terrorist groups still offer strong resistance despite the heavy losses they have sustained,” he said.