Syrian army, allied Hezbollah militia expel ISIS from key oilfield near Hama

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Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime gesture while on their military tanks in Qusair, after the Syrian army took control of the city from rebel fighters. File photo

ARA News

DAMASCUS – Backed by the Lebanese militia of Hezbollah, forces loyal to the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad attacked positions of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Hama province, central Syria, seizing control of an oilfield with its facilities after clashes with ISIS insurgents, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hama, media activist Khaled Mahmoud said that the Syrian army and allied Hezbollah militants forced ISIS to withdraw from an oilfield and its surroundings in al-Salamiyah sub-district in Hama province. 

“ISIS has lost dozens of militants during the clashes near Aqayrbat town in al-Salamiyah suburbs,” the source reported.

Subsequent to heavy clashes with the radical group, the pro-regime forces have taken control of several hills on the highway of Khanasser-Ithraya, between Aleppo and Hama. 

Khanasser-Ithraya highway is considered a key supply route for the regime’s army in Aleppo.

“Four ISIS’ armored vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft machinegun have been destroyed by Syrian regime’s army,” Mahmoud told ARA News. 

Over the past few days, the Syrian army, supported by the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Iranian troops, intensified attacks on ISIS positions along the road of Khanasser-Ithraya between Aleppo and Hama, causing the death of at least 17 militants and the injury of more others. 

On Wednesday, pro-regime forces recaptured the Khanasser-Ithraya road, which is believed to be the only supply line for the pro-Assad forces in the southern countryside of Aleppo. 

Reporting by: Resho Issa

Source: ARA News

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