DAMASCUS – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) have seized control of the last major oilfield in central Syria after heavy battles with regime forces, activists reported on Monday.
ISIS militants took over Jazal oilfield east of Homs after battles with Syrian regime forces that claimed lives of dozens on both sides.
Speaking to ARA News in Homs, media activist Ghalib Raslan said that pro-Assad forces withdrew from the vicinity of Jazal “after suffering heavy losses”.
“ISIS received military reinforcements and intensified its shelling on strongholds of the regime forces in the eastern countryside of Homs. Jazal field is now under the group’s control,” Raslan reported.
In the meantime, the Syrian army issued a statement saying it killed at least 25 jihadists in clashes near Homs, without commenting on the reports about its loss of Jazal oilfield.
Jazal lies to the northwest of the ISIS-held ancient city of Palmyra, near Syria’s main natural gas fields and multi-million-dollar extraction facilities.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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