Fresh violence hit Homs as clashes intensified between Syrian army and ISIS militants

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Syrian regime soldiers walking across ruins of Khalidiya district in Homs. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Tuesday, clashes broke out between the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and Syrian army forces in the eastern countryside of Homs, following an IS-led attack regime-held locations, military sources reported. 

The clashes centered in the vicinity of Furqlis village east of Homs. 

Subsequent to the clashes, several IS militants infiltrated into the village and targeted the regime-held headquarters of Air Force Intelligence and Military Security centers, killing and wounding more than 20 pro-Assad forces.

Pro-IS sources reported that a senior militant from the group blew himself up inside the headquarters of Syrian Air Force Intelligence. The operation was followed by clashes between IS militants and regime forces in the vicinity of the bombing area, east of Homs.

The executor of the suicide attack was identified as Abu Abbas as-Sayyad. 

In the meantime, clashes continued between the two sides since Sunday in the vicinity of Mount Shaar east of Homs, amid heavy shelling by tanks and mortars on the region by the Syrian army.

Shaar clashes led to the destruction of two armored vehicles belonging to the pro-regime forces, killing three soldiers and wounding several others, while two IS militants were reportedly killed.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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