To besiege an area larger than Lebanon’s area… eastern countryside of Hama and al-Sukhnah Desert witness intensified raids by Russian warplanes as well as regime’s warplanes

The warplanes are still to carrying out airstrikes targeting areas controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the eastern countryside of Hama, where the Russian warplanes and regime’s warplanes are escalating their strikes on the eastern and northeastern countryside of Salamiyah city amid continued military operation by the regime forces on several areas in that countryside, where the regime forces are seeking with the supported of their loyalists gunmen -including Al-Quds Al-Filastini Brigade and al-Jaleel forces Palestinian- to advance at the expense of the Organization and reduce the size of its controlled areas, in parallel with intense aerial bombardment accompany the military operation carried out by the regime Forces led by Tiger Groups which are led by the regime forces’ Brigadier General Suhail Hassan aka “Tiger”, coming from the southern countryside of Al-Raqqah, where they entered on Friday the 14th of July 2017 the northern administrative border of Homs province with Al-Raqqah, heading towards al-Sukhnah to carry out a large besiege operation for an area larger than the size of Lebanon.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also observed that if the regime forces managed to advance from the north to the south in an arrow-shape way for a distance of 70 kilometers starting from the administrative border of Homs and al-Raqqa, which the regime forces have entered today, and reached al-Hail oilfield area, the regime forces would have fully besieged organization-held area of more than 11 thousand kilometers square in the provinces of Homs, Hama, and al-Raqqa, and the organization would have two options either to surrender or get into the siege and fight till the end if it didn’t withdraw like what happened in the province of Aleppo by the end of June.

It is noteworthy that the regime forces managed on the 13th of July 2017 to force the organization under the pressure of the heavy shelling and violent clashes, to withdraw from 3 villages and hills surrounding them, while the Russian and the regime’s warplanes carry out intense airstrikes on Eqayrbat district and areas controlled by the organization in the eastern and northeastern countryside of Al-Salamiyah city, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned earlier that the Russian forces tends to provide fire coverage and preparations, through daily intense shelling on the organization-held areas in the eastern countryside of Hama, in order to secure the road for the ground forces coming from the abovementioned areas, where the Russian forces are seeking, through this operation, to control the remaining “Islamic State” organization-held areas, which include oil and gas fields.



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