Tallal Barazi underlined Homs province’s stability and security, and added, “Liberation of the town of Quaryatayn and the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Eastern Homs and pursuing advances of the Syrian soldiers in al-Sukhnah region guaranteed sustainable security in the province.”
“Following improvement of security conditions in Homs province in the last two years, over 180 factories and 23 government bodies have resumed operation,” he further added.
The governor further said that the Western territories of Homs have enjoyed sustainable security in the last two years, adding, “over 5,600 families have returned to the freed villages and towns of al-Hassan, al-Zareh, Rif al-Qosayr, Qalamoun, Quaryatayn and Tadmur, but, clashes are underway in al-Sukhnah, some 70 kilometers from Tadmur and 230 kilometers away from Homs city.”
“The towns of al-Rastan, Talbiseh and Taldou in Norther Homs are also among the battlefields in Northern Homs, and the army has thus far been capable of hitting hard positions of Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front), Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups,” he added.
“In the meantime, National Consolidation Delegations have held meetings with commanders of militants in al-Houleh and Talbiseh to persuade them to leave the regions under their control and join the peace agreement with the government.
In relevant developments in the province on Saturday the Syrian Army troops fended off ISIL’s large-scale offensive on a key oilfield in Eastern Homs, killing or wounding at least 30 terrorists.
The army troops engaged in several hours of fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists, who attacked government positions in al-Maher oilfield, inflicting at least 30 casualties on the militants.
In the meantime, the army soldiers clashed with ISIL terrorists, who attacked government forces’ positions in the village of Madajen Jubb al-Jarrah from the village of Rahoum, killing or wounding at least 15 militants.
The army’s artillery units also targeted the gatherings of Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Tir Ma’ala and Deir Foul in Northern Homs.