Syrian War Report – July 24, 2018: Syrian Army Kicks Off Operation Against ISIS East Of Golans

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On July 23, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies kicked off a military operation to defeat ISIS terrorists in southern Syria, east of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Government forces liberated the villages of Ma’alaqah and Um Lawqas as well as some nearby hills in the northern part of the ISIS-held pocket.

On July 24, the SAA-led force continued its advance aiming to capture the town of Tasil and the nearby villages of Saudah, Ain Thakar and Adawan. The general goal of the effort is to shorten the frontline against ISIS. This will allow the SAA to focus their main efforts on more fortified areas located in the central and southern parts of the pocket.

Separately, the SAA retook a post of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the village of Al-Rafeed. Thus, the only areas de-facto controlled by members of the Free Syrian Army and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham east of the Golan Heights are Baqira, Beerajam, Quneitra and Jubata al-Kashab.

On July 23, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) employed David’s Sling aerial defense systems against rockets launched near the Syrian-Israeli contact line. According to the IDF, Israel launched two interceptors. It is unclear if the interceptors hit any target. However, the IDF says that there were no injuries or damage from the rockets, which had been launched during fighting between the SAA and militants.

It is interesting to note that the Israeli Air Force carried out no airstrikes on Syria in response to this incident, something unexpected considering the general attitude of Tel Aviv to the conflict.

Later on the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the chief of the military’s General Staff General Valery Gerasimov held talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After the meeting the Russian Foreign Ministry said that during the talks “the parties tackled various aspects of the Middle Eastern agenda, attaching primary significance to the situation in Syria and its vicinity.”

Netanyahu discussed the situation in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow two weeks ago. The intensified contacts between the sides is another signal that southern Syria will soon be returned to the full control of the Assad government allied with Iran and Tel Aviv has no realistic options to prevent this. The 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israel and Syria will be a basis to de-escalate, at least partly, tensions between Damascus and Tel Aviv.

The Russian Centre for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees in Syria has prepared more than 336,000 places to accommodate returning refugees and temporarily displaced people in Syria. The places are located in the provinces of Aleppo, Rif Damashq, Homs, Hama and Deir Ezzor.

The Russian military says that a total of 1.7m refugees may return to Syria from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and various European countries. The Russians are actively assisting the Damascus government to prepare for this.

83 medical facilities, 213 educational institutions, 73 power stations, 69 water supply facilities and 2 fuel and energy facilities as well as 244km of roads have been restored with the help of Russia.

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  • antoun

    excellentes news!!:)

  • leon mc pilibin

    BRAVO RUSSIA,FUCK israhell.

  • What about ISIS west of the Golans?

    • jorge

      Hebreo brothers, migrate to Russia while you can! Or to Australia, or even to Mars! You are in the Lyons Heart Kingdom.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Israel keeps bringing up the 1974 agreement. Here’s a thought…. Israel could begin by not firing into and staying out of Syria’s air space. I’m sure Israel believes, as does the US, Britain and France, that agreements are only for the other guy, after all, how many times have we heard about the ‘coalition’, which is a cabal of international law violators.

      • paul ( original )

        The US, Britain, France and the EU think that all law only applies to the other guy. In fact they think that law is what they say it is .

      • Kenneth Hammond

        1974 Agreement:338 AND uNSC 242

        Separation of Forces Agreement Between Israel and Syria; May 31, 1974:
        This agreement is not a peace agreement. It is a step toward a just and durable peace on the basis of Security Council Resolution 338 dated October 22, 1973.

        United Nations Security Council Resolution 338

        The Security Council,

        Calls upon all parties to present fighting to cease all firing and terminate all military activity immediately, no later than 12 hours after the moment of the adoption of this decision, in the positions after the moment of the adoption of this decision, in the positions they now occupy; Calls upon all parties concerned to start immediately after the cease-fire the implementation of Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) in all of its parts;

        Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

        Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;

        • TiredOfBsToo

          Yahoo blew it on more than 1 count, ‘occupied’ and ‘sovereignty’. I sometimes state the reality that Israel is a terrorist entity masquerading as a state.

  • wimroffel

    1.7m refugees? What about all the others?

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Sadly the terrorist were right…Assad and SAA after terrorist defeat continue showing as a coward armed forces vs Israel…no single rockets have fired towards israel in response of almost 180 airstrikes and 2 pilots killed!..only Iran and Hezbollah did it! ( rockets attack and ATGM vs Israeli convoy)

    • northerntruthseeker .

      I read this comment and went… Huh????

      What is this “escobar” clown smoking? This one sounds like JIDF, definitely!

      • Manuel Flores Escobar

        you are stupid or you are zionist clown?…

  • Luke Hemmming

    Good to hear Russia is helping restore Syria and helping the Syrian people to reestablish their lives and homes that were destroyed by western backed mercenaries and by western intelligence agencies. Doing a helluva lot more than the US or any other country involved is doing. The US is still killing Syrian civilians in Raqqa with it’s air strikes. At least the Russians help with humanitarian aid after they have cleared a province. And the US is still trying to clear Raqqa. Obviously prolonging the war but you could be excused for thinking that the US is as useless as tits on a bull when it comes to clearing terrorists out if Syria. Maybe the Yanks could learn a thing or two from Russia huh? HAHAHA not bloody likely at all. Time for the Yankees to pack their shit up and get the fuck outta there. See ya wouldn’t want to be ya. And shut the door on the way out too will you? There’s a good boy. Nice lol