The Syrian army has managed to establish security and take full control in all villages in eastern al-Asi region, while battling foreign-backed terror groups in Rif al-Qusayr, Al-Alam News Channel reported exclusively.
Fresh footage and reports suggested that “the Syrian army has recaptured the last village in east of al-Asi region named al-Dosaria and its surrounding gardens, while military forces were controlling water refining complex in Rif al-Qusayr.”
“While clearing Jousia region, the army forces detected a large number of bombs and neutralized them. The bombs were planted to prevent the Syrian army from advancing,” Al-Alam correspondent reported.
“The siege around al-Qusayr city is tightened by nearly 95 percent, and the operation to clear the region from armed terrorist groups will be launched within the next few days,” an army officer told the Al-Alam correspondent.
Al-Alam news crew entered one of the villages which have recently been regained by the Syrian army. The villagers warmly received the Syrian army forces and expressed happiness over their triumph. However, nothing but ruins have remained in other villages and districts.
The ruins are evidence of the severe clashes, especially those which occurred in Tal al-Hansh, Ra’s al-Ma’a, and Harat Bait Amon. These areas are of great importance since they overlook the roads in which smuggling of arms takes place and armed men commute.
Al-Alam news crew accompanied the Syrian army into al-Mashtal village which is a kilometer away from al-Qusayr. Al-Salumia village, in the vicinity of al-Qotaina lake near the sieged village of al-Qosania, was freed on Thursday. The army is now trying to break the siege of al-Qosania. Some rockets and bombs were also detected in al-Salumia village.
“After severe battles, the Syrian army succeeded to recapture al-Salumia village from armed men after inflicting heavy blows on them. During the clashes, the army managed to push the armed terrorists back and kill a large number of them. Some of the armed elements managed to flee but eventually all of them will be eliminated,” a senior officer told Al-Alam correspondent.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army intensified the siege around armed men in al-Qusayr city and clashes reached the southern countryside of al-Qusayr. This caused the armed gangs to attempt to escape from there but the Syrian army confronted them, killed a large number of them, and detained several.
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