The Syrian soldiers could retake control of the village of al-Far in the Southwestern parts of Maskanah after clashes with the ISIL terrorists.
Based on field reports, Maskanah is now encircled by pro-gov’t forces via the Northern, Western and Eastern directions.
Also, the Syrian army’s front line positions overlook Maskanah-Tabaqa-Raqqa road which is now the only remaining way for the ISIL militants to withdraw from the strategic town.
Other reports from Eastern Aleppo also said that a large number of ISIL members have fled Maskanah to save their lives, adding that they have planted dozens of mines in the region to slow down the Syrian army’s advance and the town’s collapse.
The Syrian army troops, backed up by the country’s Air Force, had launched anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Aleppo on Wednesday too and managed to capture more strategic regions en route to the town of Maskanah, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in the province.
The army units engaged in hours of fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to recapture the town of al-Alwah after inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
A military source said that the army soldiers are advancing towards Maskanah from the three Western, Southern and Northern directions, adding that blocking ISIL’s supply lines to Maskanah to prevent transfer of arms and fresh forces is the main objective of the army’s multi-front operation in the region.
The sources also said that the army aircraft targeted the defense lines of ISIL near Maskanah several times, destroying several positions of the terrorists.