Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Regains Control of Gas, Oil Fields in Homs Province
The Syrian army gained the upper-hand in Eastern Homs province, and gained control over five gas and oil fields after inflicting heavy casualties on militants.
The army units regained control over Jazal town in Homs countryside and took back control of five gas and oil fields from the ISIL terrorists in heavy clashes.
On Tuesday, the Syrian army backed by popular forces established full control over Gas Well No /101/ at Palmyra countryside in Homs province.
Also in the past 24 hours, Syrian warplanes pounded ISIL positions in the city of Hama, killing large groups of terrorists, including a senior commander.
The ISIL commander, identified as Abi Ammar al-Jazrawi, was killed in an air strike near the town of Hamadi Omar, some 50 km (30 miles) Southwest of the city of Hama.
Syrian state media said the airstrikes had also destroyed a convoy of military vehicles.
Elsewhere, the Syrian army made more headway in in its fight against the armed groups in the countryside of Quneitra province, leaving a large number of Takfiri militants dead and wounded.
The army troops stormed the hideouts of the rebels in the area of Mas’hara in the countryside of Quneitra province in Southern Syria, and inflicted heavy casualties on them.
Also, the rebels suffered heavy losses in the areas of Martamsarin, Abu al-Duhour, Tal Salmo and Um Jerin in Idlib countryside, as the army made more gains in the province. Meantime, the Syrian army captured a strategic town in the Western province of Lattakia from Takfiri terrorists.
According to reports on Friday, the Syrian soldiers managed to take full control of the mountainous town of Doreen and Tal Doreen (Doreen Hill) in Northwestern Lattakia after carrying out airstrikes on the terrorists’ positions in the restive region.
The operations to liberate Doreen started on Wednesday and the Syrian troops successfully cleared the area from the terrorists of al-Nusra Front, killing two dozens of the Takfiri militants.
Doreen is located near the town of Salma, the Takfiris’ stronghold in Lattakia province. The area borders Idlib province, which is also the scene of clashes between the Syrian army and militants.
Also, Russia categorically denied any ungrounded attempts to raise the issue of using sanctions against Syria, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.
“We are categorically against any ungrounded attempts to raise the issue of using sanction measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter,” he said on Friday after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on the inadmissibility of warfare use of poisonous substances in the Syrian conflict.
The document that was passed by the majority of votes provides for possible imposing of measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter in case episodes of the use of chemical weapons in Syria are confirmed.
He said that it was the competence of ruling bodies of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to establish and verify episodes of possible violations of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
According to the Russian diplomat, Russia voted in favor of the above resolution proceeding from its “principled position on the inadmissibility of the use of chemical weapons wheresoever”.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.
Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.
The Takfiri terrorist group, with members from several western countries, controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and has been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.